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Member of the Tribunal since December 2018. Having originally qualified as a civil engineer, John changed career in 1989 when he joined the Fire & Rescue Service. He has subsequently served in a variety of posts throughout the former Tayside area. During his career he also served as an official with the Fire Brigades Union, dealing with a broad range of topics including members discipline and grievance cases. He progressed through the union structure to eventually hold the post of Scottish Secretary. In this capacity, John was the lead FBU official during the merger of the previous eight fire services into the new single Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE in recognition of his contribution to the fire and rescue service. Latterly he was part of the services Transformation Directorate and authored a number of reports relating to the future development of the fire and rescue service in Scotland.