John is currently editor of Journal of Pipeline Engineering and has previously edited Pipelines International predecessor Pipeline World.
Prior to joining the publishing industry around 30 years ago, John achieved chartered professional status as a civil engineer and spent his early career building roads and bridges in the United Kingdom for the Department of Transport, and in East Africa for a number of World Bank projects.
In partnership with Houston-based Clarion Technical Conferences, John has initiated a number of successful conference series, dealing with pipeline pigging, pipeline integrity, and pipeline risk management and reliability. These events are now held in Houston, Amsterdam, and elsewhere, and are combined with an increasingly-successful series of industry-based training courses. The series of conferences on pipeline pigging has resulted in three editions of the book Pipeline Pigging Technology, which John has also edited and published in association with Clarion.
In 2000, John and his partner BJ Lowe of Clarion started editing and publishing the Journal of Pipeline Integrity to offer an opportunity for scientific papers covering this subject an opportunity of being widely disseminated. After five successful years, the Journal has now been renamed as the Journal of Pipeline Engineering, which allows papers on a wider range of pipeline-interests and opportunity of publication.
John has also been one of the key movers in the recent establishment of the Professional Institute of Pipeline Engineers, one of the main aims of which is to promote pipeline engineering as a discrete discipline in the wider field of engineering, as well as to provide status and accreditation to those who practice the discipline.