John has lived in Marple for 30 years where he brought up his two children and now has two grandchildren. He started his career at Rothamsted, the oldest agricultural research establishment in the world, where he first became interested in the environment. He spent the rest of his career in biology teaching, lecturing and researching at schools, colleges and universities respectively. As a consequence he has a deep understanding of the climate crisis and education and feels very strongly that the Green Party is the only party that has the policies required to make a real difference.
One of John's sons works on improving the local railways and the other works on improving Universal Credit so he feels he also has an understanding of how our local transport and benefit system can be improved. John supports tackling inequality by campaigning for Stockport to become a pilot area for Universal Basic Income and wants a properly integrated and sustainable transport service, covering buses, trains, and trams with increased capacity, frequency and accessibility.
John is a keen walker, naturalist and wildlife photographer. He is a member of Marple, Mellor, Marple Bridge Energy Saving Strategy (MESS), the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the British Trust for Ornithology for which he participates in a daily garden bird survey. He is therefore very aware of and monitors local ecological changes.
John is now retired and has the time to work hard for the local community and the local environment. John wants a sustainable future for our community, children, grandchildren and the common good.