John Abbott was born in Bristol and is married with two sons and a grandson. After University in London he Joined NCR as a management trainee. Then a 20 year stint at Rank Xerox, which included Sales Management and Training in the UK and Internationally. Moving from Rank Xerox he became Marketing Director for AirCall communications in the early days of mobile phones, on the sale of this company to Bell South in the US he became Commercial Director of Trafficmaster: an innovative, real time motorway congestion data operation which became a FTSE Company. On retirement he helped launch and was a Director of a Canadian health supplement company. Diagnosed with idiopathic Cerebellar ataxia some 6 years ago he became involved with Ataxia UK and became a lay member of the Scientific Research Committee in 2013. His aim is to use his sales and marketing expertise to help Ataxia UK to raise more funds to support its research programme