Before his election to the Assembly, John served as a Councillor representing Carrickfergus since 2011. He is the Sales Director of his family business, Robinson’s Shoemakers based in Carrickfergus town centre. John also serves as a Reserve Army Soldier with the North Irish Horse. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in History, and has a particular interest in military history. In 2016 John published his first book, The Carrickfergus Roll of Honour, and donated all profits to the Royal British Legion.