John is the founder and director of free@last. He lives in Nechells with Jan and their 4 children and has been delivering youth work in this community for over 30 years. John is passionate about improving the lives of children and young people and his strategic mind and Godly heart enable a powerful approach to fulfilling his life’s purpose of eradicating child poverty in Nechells.

As well as truly understanding the world of charities and voluntary organisations, John also started and runs our businesses, and his skills in this area help towards our long term aim of sustaining the charity through our own income generation. He is also passionate about bringing all 3 sectors together and together bringing prosperity and opportunity to our community.

For relaxation John loves nothing more than being on top of a mountain and participating in all things adventurous and extreme. He is a published author and enjoys using his creativity in a wide variety of situations and circumstances. John was listed in the Independent newspapers ‘Happy List’ in 2013 for being one of top 100 happiest people in the country for helping others and he loves nothing more than putting a smile on other peoples’ faces.