John is East Lothian through and through. School in Macmerry, then Ross High. Home is Haddington with his wife Mary.
After University John worked in the Scottish Office Unit responsible for auditing Government expenditure. John is a consultant advising organisations, and individuals on business improvement, leadership, and culture change.
His drive and energy volunteering with Scouts, Piping and Community events meant he was a well known figure in the community before his election.
In May 2012 John was appointed Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism.
Following his re-election on 4 May 2017, John was re-appointed to that Cabinet role and also became Provost of East Lothian.
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