1949: Born mid summers day Earby, Yorkshire.

1967: Graduated from Keighley Secondary Technical School, Keighley, West Yorkshire.

1968: Graduated from Hornsey College of Art, London.

1971: Graduated from Middlesex Polytechnic, London where he studied furniture design.

1975: Graduated from the Royal College of Art, London.

1990: Started his own business: John Bollen Design.