John has over forty years of experience in the construction industry starting as a labourer, followed by working as a contractor’s engineer and then as a consulting engineer. He has been one of the founders of two successful engineering consultancies, one of which, Nolan Associates, he still chairs. He has been responsible for the Structural and Civil Engineering design of all types of construction projects up to several hundred million pounds in value.
He is one of the founders and non-exec chairman of a property development company. He is also a Trustee of Bournville Village trust one of the most respected “Garden Village” Housing Associations in the UK and a Visiting Professor of Innovation at the University of Birmingham where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate.
He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers where he was also President. They nominated him to join the Board of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) which he now Chairs. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, Member of the Strategic Forum for Construction, Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment and was a member of the Hackitt panel reviewing procurement for the Independent Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety. He is also a member of the Construction Leadership Council’s “Procure for Better Value” Steering Group where he Chairs the Procurement Panel
He has lectured widely around the World on topics such as creating value in construction and modernising the education of Civil and Structural Engineers, an area in which he is considered to have been particularly influential.