John was larger than life. Those of us who knew him, knew well his wicked sense of humour. He loved making others laugh, often placing himself at the butt of his own jokes. But his humour was underpinned by steely determination. Forthright and articulate, you always knew where you were with John. A hopeless Blues fan, his glass was half full. And in Colleges West Midlands he was a founding member, an innovator, our co-conspirator in collaboration understanding colleges work best when they work together. John Callaghan, a friend of the Midlands, a friend of colleges, a friend of collaboration. Our friend. We will miss you dearly John.
Lowell Williams, Chair Colleges West Midlands and Interim Principal & CEO Hull College