I have been extremely fortunate in life. Alongside having a loving family life and various rewarding charitable and personal interests, I have been blessed by forty years of working, the great majority of it with clear purpose. I have had the privilege to work alongside extraordinary leaders and other likeminded individuals, with shared values and a belief that together,  we can contribute positively to the world.


As a British Army Officer, campaigner, entrepreneur, advocate of responsible business and champion of ethical purpose, I have had the opportunity to work on extraordinary projects across more than twenty countries, covering all manner of agendas.

Through this experience I was able to identify my purpose to:

‘Help people maximize their potential – for good'.


My various campaigns, professional work with businesses, philanthropists and NGOs, as well as my books, speeches and articles, are all aligned to deliver on that purpose and I wish you well in finding your own purposeful life.


Organizations and Initiatives where John played a founding role


University of Liverpool Medical Laser Research Institute

Post Foot & Mouth '2001 Marketing Market Towns Initiative'

The Prince's Fishing Initiative

The London Knot Network

Mosaic mentoring network [Now part of The Prince's Trust]

Mosaic International [Now Prince's Trust International]

The Apax Enterprise Challenge [Now Prince's Trust International]

The National Industrial Cadet Programme [Now part of  EDT]

Destria Partners


The ONE Magazine


Some illustrative Charity appointments and patronages

SSAFA [Soldiers, Sailors, Airforce Association] Trustee

The Prince's Foundation for Building Community Special Representative

Prince of Wales's INTBAU [Institute for Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism] Trustee

The Pakistan Recovery Fund [The Prince's Charities Group] Chairman

The Jubilee Hour In association with UK Government Chairman

Remember WW1 In association with UK Government Chairman

MPCT [Motivational Preparation College for Training]Patron

Internews European Ambassador

Charity Film Awards Chairman of Judges

ImagineIF Counsellor

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Contact John at:  john@obrienoffice.co.uk