John (MBChB Medicine, 1967) was named Alumnus of the Year in 2006 for his work for PRIME (Partnership In International Medical Education), a worldwide organisation focused on developing values based clinical education for healthcare professionals, especially those in areas of greatest deprivation and now working in over 30 countries
He is currently International Director of the organisation, a position he has held since 1997.
His alumni award recognised his commitment to improving the quality and depth of international medical care, especially of patients in poorer situations.
He said: “At first I felt extremely embarrassed and even felt that the university must have got the wrong person! I then felt greatly honoured that the work of the organisation which I helped found and continue to serve should be so recognised. The award gave us further confidence in developing the work which has expanded year on year. I also feel closer to Birmingham University and interested in and supportive of new developments.”
His background includes several years in Bhutan as a hospital director and head of the national leprosy control programme and 21 years as a GP in Hastings. John was also a GP trainer and taught extensively on pre and post-graduate courses for doctors, students and other healthcare workers in Europe, Africa and S Asia.
He was awarded the MBE for services to charity in 2006.