In 2014, John, following 7 years of full-time ministry as a Chaplain of St John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong, reverted to the style and position of Cathedral Honorary Chaplain, which he had held previously from 1989 to 2006. Born in London, schooled in England, he completed his studies at RMIT in Melbourne and qualified as a Land Surveyor. He moved to South-east Asia in 1963 and participated in a range of important projects in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Brunei. In 1967 he launched his own professional practice in Singapore. In the following 43 years his professional contributions to the landscape – and beneath it – included the MTR, the Central tunnel and Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong. He was Chairman, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Hong Kong branch) 1983/84. In partnership with The Economist, he established the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in Singapore and Hong Kong in 1968. John trained for the ordained ministry of the Church of England in Salisbury, and was ordained and licensed as Bishop’s Chaplain in 1989. He has maintained that title with three bishops of Salisbury, while serving in the main from the China Coast. He has also served as President, Royal Society of St George (Hong Kong) 1984/5 and President, District Board of Benevolence (2002/11), responsible for the charitable and pastoral endeavours of the Hong Kong Freemasons who are affiliated to the United Grand Lodge of England. John is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Painter Stainers Company.