Having obtained a PhD in prehistoric archaeology at Southampton University, John was employed for 21 years by English Heritage where his interests and specialisms extended into the contemporary world. He was appointed to the University of York in 2010 as Director of Studies in Cultural Heritage Management. He continues in this role alongside now being Head of Department. John is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He is also Docent in Contemporary Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at Turku University, Finland and Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University, Adelaide. Current research interests include social significance, cultural heritage participation and well-being, technological landscapes, and music and place. Away from work, John is an occasional DJ - he is on Facebook as @HippocampusDJ.