After a lifetime within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including postings to Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA, retirement enabled John to devote time to his passion for train travel, genealogical research and creating awareness for his favoured charity DebRA. In 2010 John travelled solely by train from his home town in the UK to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam and raised some funds for DebRA. This was topped in November 2013 when he broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled by train in 24 hours in China.
John's interest in genealogy started many years ago in Bristol where, whilst spending hours at its Central Library studying towards his accountancy qualification, he had a choice of many other fascinating books - ideal for distraction therapy! In the History of Worcestershire John discovered an ancestor from the 1600s, John Dafforne, and this led to a lifetime of interest in his own family history.
More recently he decided to dabble in heir-hunting whch by accident led him to discover the fascinating family histories of three John Campbells in Argentina which became the catalyst for his first book, Seeking John Campbell: Finding pioneers and patriots in the pampas.