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Born and brought up in the North East of Scotland, John started his career as an engineering apprenticeship with a local Aberdeen engineering company at a time when the city was on the verge of being transformed by the discovery of oil in the North Sea.
Like many apprentices he recognised the many career opportunities that lay within this “new” industry and worked in a number of positions with offshore crane companies over the next 12 years, gaining an engineering degree from Aberdeen University along the way.
In 1988 John co-founded Specialist Maintenance Services (SMS) where he held the position of Joint Managing Director. After the acquisition of SMS by EnerMech 2008, John continued as Cranes & Lifting Director for the group.
Today, he sits on a number of committees promoting safety within the Cranes and Lifting industry, including OMHEC (Offshore Mechanical Handling Equipment Committee) and the IOCLC (International Offshore Cranes & Lifting Conference).