1994-2000

 ACADEMIA & GOVERNMENT

Chief Executive & City Government Director
Chief Executive of a Medical Institute at the University of Liverpool and afterwards director within a City Council, developing experience across several areas of societal and civic priorities.

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2000-2017

BUSINESS & ROYALTY

Managing Director of Responsible Business
Ten years at HRH The Prince of Wales's (Now King Charles III) Responsible Business network, culminating as MD of The King's particular CSR & Sustainability orientated initiatives. Responsible for a variety of programmes

across the UK and twenty countries worldwide.

 

Leaving in 2010 to develop a new purpose agency, appointed by His Majesty as a special representative,

for a further seven years.  Created two new royal initiatives.

Appointed trustee of one of the Prince's charities. 

1984-1994

MILITARY LEADERSHIP

British Army Officer

Graduate of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commissioned originally into the Light Infantry, subsequently The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment and served with The Wessex & Glosters, retiring as a Captain after service worldwide.

John credits the Army in training him to be able to assess complex situations, formulate a plan, communicate that plan and motivate people to follow his lead in its execution. For almost three decades since, this skills set has supported a great many leaders and organisations in their own endeavours.

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2010-2017

PURPOSE PIONEER

Agency Founder

Created one of the first specific ethical purpose strategy agencies  in the UK. Developed new thinking and process working with clients in Europe, the Middle East and North America.

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2017-PRESENT

 BUSINESS LEADER

EMEA Managing Partner at OMNICOM's

ONE HUNDRED is the World's first multi-disciplinary marketing group consisting of nine of Omnicom's leading global agencies.

Our specialisms are in PR, Marketing, Digital, Brand, Advertising and Creative. 

2010 - PRESENT

PHILANTHROPIST

Serial Founder

Founder of The Jubilee Hour in 2012, recognised as the largest mass mobilisation of volunteers in the UK

since WW2 with 2.7million volunteers.

Co-Founder of Remember WW1 in 2014 mobilising and recognising national programmes of commemoration.

    

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CHARITY ROLES

Trustee, Patron and Ambassador

SSAFA

The Prince's Foundation for Building Community 

Prince of Wales's INTBAU

The Pakistan Recovery Fund

MPCT

Internews

Charity Film Awards

ImagineIF

The Clore Social Fellowship

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NON EXECUTIVE ADVISOR 

Multiple Interests

NED experience in Brand, PR, Digital, Airline, D&I, Insurance

'Entrepreneur in Residence' at Chester University Business School and University Centre Shrewsbury

Specialist advisor to global businesses and business founders.

ANTHROPY FOUNDER

Founder of Anthropy Ltd a social purpose business dedicated to creating a new approach to convening leaders to determine longer term thinking. Our aim is to promote a successful,  sustainable and more equitable society.

CHARITY ROLES

PORTFOLIO

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University of Chester
& Shrewsbury

Managing Partner

Global Purpose Advisory

Purpose focused strategy,

marketing and communications group

2017-PRESENT

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Bestselling Business Author & Commentator

WH Smith No3, Forbes Top 15 read, Amazon No 10. Regular commentator on ethical purpose, marketing, communication, sustainability and business impact on society. Multiple podcaster and speaker across various platforms.

 
 

Founder  & Chairman

A New National Narrative

Britain's largest crowd sourced agenda on

the future quality of life, place and economy

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Entrepreneur in Residence 

The Next Generation 

 Inspiring leaders  and entrepreneurs

for good business and society

 
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Author and Editor

Influencing Thinking

Sharing thinking and experience  in order

to help inspire others on their journeys 

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The O'Brien
Private Office

Non-Executive Advisor

Supporting Leadership 

Experienced Non-executive director  available for retained  business support

Conversationalist

Free Speech

Podcasts, transcripts and interviews

on life, leadership and more