Chief Executive, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (UK)
John Smeaton is national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and vice-president of the International Right to Life Federation.
John Smeaton has worked full-time in the pro-life movement since 1978. He was appointed chief executive of SPUC in the United Kingdom in 1996, having been general secretary of the Society since 1978. He was elected a vice-president of International Right to Life Federation in 2005.
He first became involved in SPUC after graduating from Oxford University, when he established a branch in his home area in south London in 1974.
At the United Nations Conferences in Cairo, Copenhagen, Beijing, Istanbul and Rome, John Smeaton played a leading role in organizing more than 150 pro-life and pro-family Non-Governmental Organizations as an effective lobbying force resulting in important pro-life victories in Cairo, Istanbul and Rome, where attempts by rich western nations to impose abortion on demand policies on the poorest nations on earth were defeated.
John was educated at Salesian College in London, before going to Oxford where he graduated in English Language and Literature. He qualified as a teacher, becoming head of English at an English Secondary School.
John Smeaton has always had a particular interest in drama and youth work. He produced a pro-life revue for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which won considerable acclaim; this followed a successful production on racism which he directed at Oxford University, which he subsequently took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.