Personal profile


  • Professor of Health Informatics
  • Director of the Centre for Health Informatics and the Health eResearch Centre (HeRC)


John's career history is not that of a conventional academic; he has a diverse education (BSc Physics, MSc Cognitive Science, PhD Health Informatics) and worked for ten years in industry prior to his academic career. John has worked for Bell Northern Research, Cisco Systems and PA Consulting Group in a wide range of R&D roles in telecoms and data networking. John has been involved in two spin-out companies to develop and commercialise his research - North West eHealth and Affigo CIC.

Research interests

John works at the intersection of information technology and healthcare research focusing on applying information technology to improving health care and includes:

  • Harnessing computing technology to enhance data science   
  • Using information technology to improve health services
  • Applying emerging computing technologies to create novel interventions

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS)

UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (Reg. No. 10396)

Methodological knowledge

Software Development

Systems Engineering


  • BSc (Hons) Physics
  • MSc Cognitive Science
  • PhD Health Informatics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dementia@Manchester
  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Lydia Becker Institute
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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