John is honorary curator in the Geology Department at Royal Holloway College, Egham. He has been a Labour Party member for 35 years, and has a great deal of experience of Local Government issues. He has lived in Bracknell Forest for 20 years. His children went to local schools, and he has a wide knowledge of the problems facing Bracknell Forest residents relating to such issues as under achieving of young people, traffic congestion and the re-development of the town centre. John stood as candidate for Crown Wood in the last council elections, and achieved a substantial turn-out of labour voters.