John is Chairman of easyJet. In 2017, he joined the board of a small company, Luceco, which IPOed last year. He is Non-Executive & Senior Independent Director of SSP International, as well as a non-executive director of Matheson & Co.
John became a Non-Executive Director of NEXT in 2002 and was appointed Chairman in 2006. He retired in 2017 after 15 years on the Board. In December 2011, he joined the Board of Directors at Catlin Group and became Chairman in May 2012. He retired as Chairman in May 2015 when the company was sold.
He was the Chief Executive of insurance broker JIB Group plc from 1984 to 1997. After JIB’s merger with Lloyd Thompson in 1997, he became Chairman of the combined group, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, until 2011. He was also appointed as Chairman of Brit Holdings plc from 2008 until early 2011 having previously been a Non-Executive Director.
John has also served as Chairman of Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc, Wellington Underwriting plc and Senior Independent Director of W.H.Smith and of Hammerson plc.
John is a qualified chartered accountant and received an MBA from Strathclyde University.
On the personal side. John was born in Lahore, India on 23rd August 1944 (his mother was a doctor in the Indian Army) and he was educated at Gordonstoun. His mother and grandfather were doctors. His mother worked with the NHS whereas his grandfather predated the NHS, and after serving in the First World War, went into nutrition research for which he became quite well known. John is married to Anne, a Canadian who was a nurse before they had three children and now five grandchildren.
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