Since joining Global Integration in 2000, John has travelled extensively throughout the world facilitating training for several of the world’s largest and best-known companies including Airbus, Vodafone, The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, TE Connectivity, Rockwool, Johnson Controls, Leica, and the BBC.
His work includes running training programmes on topics such as “Remote and Virtual Teams”, “Tools for Cross Cultural Success”, and “Skills for Matrix Working” amongst others. He works regularly with intact teams designing tailor-made interventions which are often based on results of the Remote Team Diagnostic Tool which he helped to develop. He is also passionate about virtual delivery – both web seminars and on-line learning — and is expert in delivering interactive training through screen sharing tools like WebEx or Lync.
Before joining Global Integration, John’ worked for Procter & Gamble with roles in product development and brand support in the European, Japanese, North African, and Middle Eastern regions. Whilst fulfilling these roles he experienced, first hand, the challenges of a global matrix structure. His move into training reflected his desire to share his own experiences of work in a globally complex company and having lived abroad, including in Japan.
John has a degree in Chemistry and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Oxford University. Whilst there, he was a member of Oxford University’s winning boat race crew on three occasions, won a World Championship silver medal, and participated in the 1984 Olympic Games. He is a keen cello player and a member of the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra.
His claims to fame include being the only one of the Global Integration team to have appeared in the UK’s satirical Punch magazine; and he expresses wry amusement at having been attributed with the invention of the granulette – a way of delivering chemical compounds directly into washing machines.
John’s personal ethos is to have a go at everything, usually mastering it in the process: “Follow your passion.”