For 8 years, up until March 2015, John worked for BECTU, the Media and Entertainment Union as one of their regional learning organisers - arranging Continuing Professional Development, Health & Safety and other  courses in the north of England for members and potential members.

He has written about what his role involved in this article Looking After Learning.

For 5 years he worked with 24/7 Drama, the WFA and the BECTU North West Freelance Branch to deliver Peer-to-Peer (P2P) learning sessions.

In the late 1970s John joined ACTT (later amalgamated with other media unions to become BECTU)  and has been an active member ever since. He has held several positions in the union, including the Chair of the North West Freelance Branch for several years.

 John chatting to a colleague at the BECTU/YTV Learning at Work Day, May 2008

John project managed the BECTU/ABTT Silver Award for Stage Sound in Liverpool and the FEU's Digital Toolkit in the north with Gary Herman of the NUJ.

John developed P2P (Peer to Peer) sessions in partnership with WFA and 24/7 Drama where members and non-members would meet up and put new cameras and other production through their paces.

               John chatting with Matt Turnbell  (left) at a recent Arri Amira P2P

Other learning activities have included Freelance Training days in the North West