John is a former civil servant and local government officer who has worked in accounting and fraud investigation. His background includes extensive IT experience in the old (1970s/1980s) mainframe days. He is a qualified Business Systems Analyst.
John's media experience includes time with the Hampshire County Council press office then domestic UK freelance work followed by an intensive overseas schedule during 1991, which included visiting the old Soviet Union, being in Israel during Desert Storm and travelling through Albania as the first ever independent visa holder. During the first year of the war in Yugoslavia, John worked for Sky News, the BBC and other media outlets.
John first visited the Cayman Islands in 1992 after covering a convention in Orlando. During that trip, he learned to scuba dive and developed a lasting interest in the islands. That eventually resulted in him going to work for Cayman Net News in July 2006 where he took on the job of Sports Editor, which later expanded into my taking over the Crime Reporter post and being made the Senior Investigative Reporter. In October 2006, he was voted Cayman Net News 'Employee of the Month'.
John's involvement in what became 'Operation Tempura' began in July/August 2007 and resulted in the 3 September 2007 search of his employer's office. He was then fully engaged as a covert 'participating informant' until Operation Tempura went public on 27 March 2008 and then retained as a 'required witness' until, following numerous death threats, he left Grand Cayman on 31 July 2008. He returned to Grand Cayman to appear as a Crown Witness in August 2008 and September 2009.
John is now retired and living in a rural area of the UK but still maintains an active interest in the fall-out from Operation Tempura. His experiences during that investigation have been cited in recent appeals/re-trials in the UK relating to the conduct of CIB3, a now disbanded London Metropolitan Police anti-corruption unit whose members included several leading figures in Operation Tempura. To date, all of those appeals/re-trials have resulted in acquittals.