John has been a lay judge since 1997. He gained a Ph.D. in high energy physics and went into the computer industry. His interest in wine began with the opportunities provided by working close to the auction houses in London when the fine wine market collapsed in 1975 and particularly by tastes of Gould Campbell 1920 and Latour 1966. He passed the WSET diploma in 1996.
John’s work for HP led him to the wine regions of the new world. In 2000 he won the UK Wine of Australia competition and, as a result, spent a week in Victoria. After his sucess in the wine industry, John decided to retire.