John set up Teapot Trust with his wife Laura in November 2010 after seeing the gaps in care for their daughter, who had spent much of her life in and out of hospital. John, originally from Belfast, was a personal injury lawyer but also holds a PhD in patent law. He gave up practicing law to spend more time with his family, developing his writing and Whiskey Distillery plans. He has recently published a fictional book for young adults, Farewell Tour of the Terminal Optimist, which recently won the Scottish Teenage Book Prize in 2019.