Chair of the Board of Governors
John is the Chair of our Board of Governors, Chairman of the Nominations Committee, and a member of the Employment, Finance and Infrastructure, and Remuneration Committees. He has served on the Board since 2008, and as Deputy Chairman from August 2012 to July 2015. He is a career chartered accountant, having been a partner at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and subsequently EY (Ernst & Young) where he was Global Head of Client Strategy and then Global Head of Private Equity before retiring in early 2011.
John went on to focus on emerging companies and chaired the Kent Investors Network, a group of business angel investors between 2011 and 2015, and now chairs two independent companies - TradeRiver Finance, for importers and exporters, and Family Business Place which supports British family firms. His corporate work also includes the Competition and Markets Authority where he is a panel member.
He has always had a strong interest in developing opportunities for young people and is a director of the NCS Trust - the National Citizen Service for 15–17 year olds, where he chairs the Finance and Risk Committee. He is Deputy Chair of the EY Foundation which seeks to assist disadvantaged teenagers and young adults in finding employment, and Chair of the Becket Trust, an affordable housing charity based in Penshurst, Kent. He is also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Audit and Strategic Advisory Committees.
John is a keen marathon runner and triathlete and uses his enthusiasm for sport to raise funds for many charities.