He is a co-founder and former Chair of the communications consultancy Fishburn Hedges. Since then, he has taken on a number of advisory and non-executive roles, notably in the charity sector, focusing particularly on leadership and governance.
He served as a Charity Commissioner for five years up to 2010, was Chair of the think tank Tomorrow’s Company and Deputy Chair of ChildLine up to its merger with the NSPCC. John is a longstanding board member at Business in the Community, and a recently appointed trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics. He has also chaired a regional tourist board and a commercial theatre production company.