John has a background in housing and community work. Having worked for the Big Issue in Scotland, John was one of Move On’s founders, who established the company in 1997. Since then, he has led Move On through more than 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 include: employability (including work experience and paid traineeships), personal development and pre-vocational training, mentoring, befriending, volunteering, aftercare, peer education, guidance, advice and information.
In a bid to diversify income streams and ensure longer-term sustainability, Move On developed social enterprise approaches capable of delivering social and environmental impact, while at the same time generating income through trading. In 2012, we established our “FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland”, tackling food poverty, reducing food waste and offering high quality employability opportunities. In 2018, we set up “Move On Wood Recycling” in North Edinburgh, offering training and volunteering opportunities, while recycling and re-using waste wood.
John is a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Mentoring Network, FareShare UK and also a board member of the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC).