John is a philanthropist, a pillar of the local community and a political activist. He spent his earlier years working for London Underground Limited, now known as Transport for London, and became the Revenue Manager of Northern Line. John subsequently received an MBE in 1992 for his work, commitment and contribution to both transport and racial equality in the workplace.
Not content with championing the rights of others at work, John also stood for local councillor of the Vassall Ward in 1994 in the London Borough of Lambeth. After a resounding election victory and years of tireless work in service to his constituents, he became Mayor of Lambeth in 1996. During the nineties ,Johnalso had major involvement in the BBC’s documentary ‘There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack’.
In the 1970s John co-founded a medical charity called Organisation for Sickle Anaemia Research (OSCAR), which is still operating today, from this he pioneered specialised Housing Association accommodation for those suffering with Sickle Cell.
As a result of his vast experience, John was selected from numerous applicants to become Chair of the Vassall Area Regeneration Group (VARG) in 2003. He was consequently sought out as a consultant for community delivery of the regeneration of the area now known as the Oval Quarter.
John currently serves asthe Co-ordinator of the Vassal! Senior Citizens Association (VASCA) CIC ,the Chair of the Lambeth Gateway Seniors and is a Member of the Ackerman Medical Centre Steering Group. VASCA has over 15 years’ experience of providing support, care, exercise and nutritious meals to elderly residents from a BME background in Southwark and Lambeth.
Under his leadership as the chair of Lambeth Gateway Seniors there are 5 support groups that deliver to 500 elderly people in the London Borough of Lambeth per annum, ensuring that participants’ quality of life does not decrease with age, and collaborate with the NHS, GPs, Age UK, Lambeth Local Authority, Care Commission and Central Government.