- Elected Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Bankers of Scotland (2016)
- PhD, Bournemouth University
- MSc Economics, Portsmouth University
- BSc(Econ), University College Swansea
John's research interests include the pricing of financial services, competition policy and financial and utility regulation.
John Ashton has 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, the University of East Anglia and Bournemouth University. 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 is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance.