John represents the Scottish Government on the Glasgow 2014 Board. John took up his current post of Director of Business in April 2010 covering, enterprise and tourism, innovation and industries and European structural funds.
His most recent role was as a Director of Climate Change and Water Industry and Environmental Quality Directorates. While he was there he dealt with issues of climate change, environmental protection, flood prevention, waste and pollution reduction and international environmental commitments.
John first role was with Kent County Council as a town planner before moving to the former Department of the Environment in London in 1985. A move to the Scottish Office, in 1990, saw him hold a series of policy posts dealing with issues of housing, industry, tourism, culture and sport.
Between 2001 and 2002 he was Principle Private Secretary to the First Minister, the Rt Hn Jack McConnell MSP.
John Mason was born in 1956 and brought up and educated in Chichester in West Sussex. He graduated from Oxford University in 1978 with a degree in geography and from University College London, in 1980, with a postgraduate degree in town planning. He has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since 1997 and is also a non-executive Board member of Scottish Swimming.
John lives in Linlithgow with his wife and three children.