John has a number of illuminating stories from his Army career, jumping off a ridge at 15,000 feet in Alaska, living on a glacier in South Georgia in the Antarctic, dealing with unexploded ordnance in Bosnia and debriefing a former Iraqi Intelligence Service bombmaker in Baghdad.
John is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). A passion for outdoor adventure, John spent most of his school holidays on his grandfather’s estate, Brook Manor, in Devon. Widely believed to be the basis for Baskerville Hall in the Hound of the Baskervilles, John would explore old mine workings and dig up ammunition from a WW2 dump on Dartmoor. With a keen interest in homemade fireworks, John went on to join the Army and served for 24 years, specialising in Counter-Terrorist Search, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Weapons Intelligence.
Well versed in terrorist methods of attack, John authored chapters for international academic publisher Taylor and Francis. His work, Innovation and the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was included in Understanding Terrorist Innovation & Learning and Terrorist Weapons & Technology in Combating Terrorism in Northern Ireland.
Having retired in January 2012 John went on to complete his MA in Investigative Journalism at City University in London. Thereafter he drove to the island of Gozo near Malta from London and lived there for 6 months. When he returned to the UK, John became the health and wellbeing manager for a large marketing agency in London before starting his own business, Motion to Mind, in 2017. Motion to Mind is a holistic wellbeing service, with emphasis on using innovative forms of physical activity and adventure as a medium to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
He struggled with the transition from military to civilian life, the loss of the Army family and grief from the loss of a mother and brother came back and hit him hard in retirement. As a result of John’s life experiences, he developed the 4M Framework, a model for health and happiness. He works with corporate clients and private individuals helping them to deal with stress and common mental ill-health issues such as depression and anxiety.
John is also the founder of innovative urban workout, StreetGym, a proven way to reduce levels of stress and improve team cohesion. Given John’s background and experience, he is particularly effective when launching mental health campaigns in the corporate environment and presenting in order to break down barriers around discussing mental health.
John came into TMS as part of Mental Health Awareness Week and gave a presentation to our agency about well-being and coping with stress. His approach is incredibly engaging, relevant and the feedback we got from the rest of agency was overwhelmingly positive – couldn’t recommend John and his approach enough!
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Adventure, Health & Wellbeing, Motivation
Mental Health, Military, Resilience, Risk Taking