John is a graduate in naval architecture from the University of New South Wales. He spent most of his career at Cockatoo Dockyard in Sydney and held several positions in the planning and technical area before being appointed Technical Director of the company in 1976. In 1978 he also took responsibility for all production activities. John was Managing Director/Chief Executive of Cockatoo Dockyard Pty Limited from 1981 to 1991.
He is currently editor-in-chief of The Australian Naval Architect. John is Senior Vice President of the Navy League of Australia and Vice President of the Naval Historical Society of Australia. He has written three books on the history of Cockatoo Dockyard