John has worked as a Housing Officer and Community Worker and gained a postgraduate diploma in housing. He joined the Big Issue in Scotland where he set up and ran housing resettlement services in Edinburgh and Glasgow. John went on to manage the Big Issue in Scotland’s charity, developing and delivering a range of support services for people affected by homelessness.
John was one of Move On’s founding Board members, who established the company in 1997. Since then, he has led Move On through twenty years of growth and development. Move On works to unlock the potential of vulnerable young people and those affected by homelessness in order to improve their lives. Move On supports and empowers people to raise aspirations, increase confidence, take control over their own futures and achieve their goals.
Services now include: community-based intensive support, group work including employability, personal development and pre-vocational training, mentoring, befriending, volunteering, aftercare, peer education, guidance, advice and information.
In 2012, Move On developed a “FareShare” food re-use social enterprise in Glasgow, tackling food poverty and offering high quality employability opportunities. John is currently working to develop a new Edinburgh-based social enterprise offering training and volunteering opportunities, while recycling and re-using waste wood.
John is a non-Executive Director of the Link Group (a large Registered Social Landlord (RSL)) and is currently the Vice Chair.
John joined the Board of Scottish Mentoring Network in 2017.