John is a Solicitor, European Patent Attorney and Chartered Financial Analyst. He joined Drayson Technologies in 2014 as Senior Counsel. After obtaining a 1st Class Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from Southampton University, John followed most of his family into the legal profession, qualifying as a solicitor with Eversheds in the city of London in 1995. After working in-house with the manufacturer of Dr Martens boots, he joined PowderJect Pharmaceuticals as corporate counsel, working closely with Lord Drayson and his team through the initial flotation and subsequent rapid growth of the business.
In 2001, attracted by the opportunity to combine law and engineering, he joined Brookes Batchellor, a firm of Patent Attorneys, where he became a partner and managed patent portfolios for major clients, including AMD. After eight years with the firm, he was offered an opportunity to join an investment manager, Full Circle Asset Management, to assist in building and managing client investment portfolios. This enabled him to learn the skills of a financial analyst and complete the tech start-up trio: law, IP and finance.
When his old colleagues told him about the new Drayson Technologies venture, it was a no-brainer to sign up and help make the exciting ideas a reality.