With a reputation as one of the most creative and experienced designers working in aviation, and named inventor on multiple airline patents, John is a pivotal member of the Acumen management team. As a graduate of Transport and Industrial Design John joined Acumen in 1997 as a specialist transport designer with a rare gift of blending a client’s strategic intent with a ‘deliverable’ vision of progressive design with a highly commercially focus.
Over the past 17 years John has been engaged at the highest level on more than 10 airline programmes where he has been responsible for all aspects of design delivery from conceptualising to detail design development, supplier liaison, mock-up development, consumer research, certification compliance and client liaison. John enjoys unrivalled respect from not only Acumen’s airline clients but Boeing, Airbus and major industry suppliers alike due to his in-depth technical knowledge and design experience across most aircraft types.
As a named inventor on a number of breakthrough airline industry patents John has an undoubted talent for innovation allied to a proven track record of working most successfully at the strategic level. His considerable experience in managing the inputs of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ elements of the strategic brand intent has delivered commercial success and market leadership time and time again.
Notable ‘Blue Sky’ innovative programmes in which John has taken programme management responsibility include Business Class cabins for Air Canada; Delta Airlines; Jet Airways; and First Class cabins for Cathay Pacific; Korean Airlines; China Southern; Air China and Thai Airlines.