John is currently the Director of Research & Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering at Sheffield University. He also has a Chair in Bioengineering. His main responsibility is to provide leadership and strategy for research in the Engineering faculty at Sheffield, which has major thematic investments in Energy, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Engineering for Life research amongst its portfolio. He joined Sheffield University in 2001 as a Lecturer in the Materials Science and Engineering department and since this time has been awarded grants from the EPSRC, BBSRC, RCUK, TSB/Innovate UK, MRC, from industry and the European Union. He is a core member of BBSRC Panel C, and held external panel appointments with the Academy of Finland and Canada Foundation for Innovation. He has published over 100 academic papers and edited two text books.