John is the relationship and dating expert that can be seen on Ch 9’s hit series Married At First Sight.
Background: He trained as a clinical psychologist and has specialised in the field of relationships and has been working in private practice for over 20 years giving out practical advice to singles and couples. He also runs exclusive retreats for couples and has become a sought after speaker. He came to prominence as the host of ABC’s Making Couples Happy and Making Families Happy, and has since become a regular on the Today show, Today Xtra and the new show and podcast Talking Married. He also currently does a weekly dating and relationship Q&A column on the hugely popular 9honey online website, and has featured frequently on radio and in magazines.
Media and television:
Previously, John worked extensively in the NZ Media as a relationship expert and host on television (documentaries, reality series), had his own nationwide radio show ‘Straight Talk’, and was a long-term columnist for Next Magazine.
Author: He is a best selling author and has written three books, U-Turn: Putting You Back Into Your Relationship; Accidentally Single: The 15 Mistakes That Ruin Romance and How to Avoid Them, and most recently Making Couples Happy: How Science Can Help Get Your Relationship Back on Track. In terms of academic background, John gained his clinical psychology degree in 1995 with BA. Hons (1st class). MA. Dip Clin. Psych.
Throughout his time in the media, he has become an engaging and entertaining speaker who brings to life the world of human behaviour and relationships. His style is interactive, humorous and fun, and he has the ability to blend his real life experiences as a relationship expert, with his knowledge of research and his years of media expertise. He is a high energy performer, and can adapt what he’s learned from 20 years in the indusrity, to empower his audience to look at things differently and to bring about change.
He has presented to CEO’s and entrepreneurs, media talent and executives, advertising agencies, major banks, telecommunication organisations, health and lifestyle companies, and professional conferences.