Dr. John has been a rural GP in Wales for over 30 years. He has now retired from his clinical practice but maintains his academic roles. He trained at Guy’s Hospital London 1969-75 and later returned to his native Wales to work in a rural practice in Montgomery on the Welsh borders. He founded the UK Institute of Rural Health and the Welsh Rural Postgraduate Unit in 1997 and was instrumental in creating the European Rural and Isolated Practitioner’s Association (EURIPA) where he was president until 2012. John was one of the founding members of the Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice and was chair in 2013. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Rural and Global Health at Keele Medical School in the UK. He is determined to engage with young doctors and the Young Doctor Movements around the world during his time as chair. He believes strongly that the future of rural practice lies in their hands and the profession needs to engage and enthuse future rural doctors.