John Ashton is Professor in Banking at Bangor Business School, Bangor University. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance and the co-Director of the Institute of European Finance at Bangor University. John has published over 40 refereed academic publications published in journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance; Regional Studies; Small Business Economics; the International Journal of the Economics of Business; the European Journal of Finance; the Journal of International Financial Markets; Institutions and Money; Corporate Governance; and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. John was appointed at Bangor Business School in May 2010, having formerly worked at the University of Leeds (2001-02), the University of East Anglia (2002-2010) and Bournemouth University (1994-2000). John was a founder member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia, and has been a member of the International Institute for Banking and Financial Services at the University of Leeds. He holds a BSc (Econ) (University College Swansea); MSc Economics (Portsmouth University); and PhD (Bournemouth University) and was the Winner of the Outstanding Paper Award 2007 (Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance) and Winner of the Best Paper Award 2013 (Journal of the Economics of Business).