What is your name?
Briefly sum up who you are and what motivates you.
I’m a 57-year-old South Londoner, I enjoy music, theatre, travel and I’m a bit of a sci-fi geek. Married 30-plus years to Ruth, and father of four ‘kids’ in their 20s.
If you have a job, what do you do for a living?
I’m a journalist, editor, PR, copywriter and general media hack-of-all-trades. After many years writing about the beer and pub industry, a few years ago I decided to qualify as a Beer Sommelier with the Institute of Brewing & Distilling – a process which took about 18 months and a series of exams, as well as practical work with pubs and restaurants to host beer appreciation and beer and food matching events. So, I now also host a range of beer tasting and knowledge session for consumer events, corporate events, staff training etc.
How long have you been doing this?
Scarily, I started as a local newspaper reporter almost 35 years ago. I’ve been focused on the hospitality sector for about 25 years.
I’m quite proud of being a good journalist and a clear communicator, although I often look at the amount of misinformation and poor communication out there, particularly online, and wonder how much those skills are valued today.
Is your work primarily a means to an end ie money or the motivating force of your life?
Like many people, the amount of time I spend working is inversely proportionate to the importance I place on it. But the bills have to be paid, and I know that I have a far more interesting and diverse working life than many people.
When you were 8, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Batman. I became a journalist mainly because writing was something I was good at, and unlike most other subjects, didn’t require a huge amount of study on my part. I’m now far more interested in history, science etc. than I was at school, and wish I’d paid more attention.
Did you get there – and if not, are you happy/sad that you didn’t?
I think the crime rate in Gotham City speaks for itself.
What is your dream job?
You can find John at his website: https://apieandapint.com/