John joined Pittards in 1974, working in the tanning department of the factory and was later promoted to Quality Manager. He left the company briefly in 1985, returning in 1988 initially as Overseas Technical Development Manager.

During John’s time with Pittards he managed J&T Beaven, Pittards chamois factory in Holt near Trowbridge, until Pittards sold the facility in the 1990s. He subsequently stepped into his final role as Raw Materials and Utilisation Director at Pittards and Managing Director of ETSC in Ethiopia.