Ex. West Wales Laning group events Organiser, John, originally born & bred in South Birmingham, relocated to the heart of the Teifi valley in Carmarthenshire in
the summer of 2006 by choice, to be nearer the countryside & coast of South West Wales. However a second relocation in 2012 has now taken him just over the welsh borders to West
His main career started with an apprenticeship as a Computer Aided Design draughtsman in Birmingham for many years before progressing to his current national role in IT for the last 20 years. His main practical hobbies amongst others are, off road motorsport, and general outdoor adventures.
Also qualified as an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) for over several years, his current daily role involves in the management of corporate networking, mobile data communications and security, John also remains a competent sailor, qualified day skipper and draughtsman, with a varied practical skillset and hands on approach.
Having restored various boats from the ground up over the past years, John has also fully restored many motor vehicles, with a keen bias towards classic rallying Fords, such as the Mk1 & Mk2 Escort, and later on in life, Land Rovers. His love of general car driving and past on & off road track days over the years (for which he does thousands of miles a month for business and pleasure) has led him to move forward in the general direction of 4x4 green laning, since originally relocating to the open countryside of West Wales.
In his spare time, John is an active green laner, aswell as being the GLASS Area Representative for the county of Monmouthshire (previously the area rep for Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and West Gloucestershire).
From summer 2010, John has added another feather to his cap taking on the role of Treadlightly Ambassador for several welsh counties which is a role that has developed nicely. In the main he also assists with Carmarthenshire alongside Area Rep Ed Percy.
He works closely with Monmouthshire Rights of Way Local Access Forum (LAF) & Highways representing motorised vehicle user groups in the county and currently holds a seat on the Monmouthshire LAF. Family and developing work commitments have taken John further east from late 2012, relocating to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. This means a larger coverage area for WWL and TL, and his existing enthusiasm and comittment to the green laning community is set to continue.
John currently drives a Discovery 1 300tdi SE "Rhiannon", which he regularly uses for his group green laning & 4x4 activities in Wales & bordering regions. With several years of outdoor activities, sailing, and green laning under his belt, he is also a trained 4x4 first responder and Off Road Driver to C&G NPTC Level 2.