John has extensive experience in the life sciences sector. He is Chairman of Calcivis and Senior Independent Director of Yourgene Health plc. Previously, he was Chairman of the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, Kyowa Kirin International plc, BTG plc, Axis-Shield plc, Touch Bionics Ltd and CXR Biosciences Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of BioCity and Quantum Pharma plc. In the public sector, he is Chairman of the Roslin Foundation, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh. He was made CBE in 2011.
John joined the board of Acacia Pharma in 2018. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and is also a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.