Meet John, Contracts Manager

John has been Contracts Manager at GEM for twelve years, and it’s his dulcet tones that you hear on GEM’s recorded telephone message.

A keen, self-taught guitarist in his spare time, John is always challenging himself to learn how to play more complex tunes, often regaling us with the highlights of his latest fixation.

We asked John to take a few moments to tell us about himself….


Where is your favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere I can indulge my passion for scuba diving and all things under the surface of the sea, especially old wrecks. Sharm el Sheikh is still in my opinion one of the best all round holiday destinations but with some fantastic dive sites for good measure; they just need to sort out the political unrest before I would return.

What’s your favourite film of all time?

True Romance.  Written by the amazing Quentin Tarantino and directed by the late, great Tony Scott. This 1993 film contains just about everything you could possibly want – suspense, romance, drama, humour, brilliant characters, convoluted plot and violence; it is a Tarantino story after all!

How about this for a cast; Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, James Gandolfini, Gary Oldham, Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer AND Samuel L Jackson, to name but a few! 

Need I say more?

What is your best piece of advice?

I have two pieces of advice if I may:-

1) Measure twice, cut once and 2) Under promise, over deliver

What do you like to do at the weekend?

I love spending time with my wife and my dog!

Finally, can you tell us a random fact about yourself?

My personal record for holding my breath (it was a few years ago to be honest) is 2 minutes and 24 seconds!!!