Sir John is recognised as a highly experienced business leader and chairman. He has chaired five FTSE 100 companies and brings a broad range of leadership experience across a variety of industries in many countries.
Sir John is currently non-executive chairman of Anglo American plc, a non-executive director of Carnival Corporation and EADS, and deputy chairman of DP World. He is also President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. Sir John recently stepped down as chairman of National Grid plc and as chancellor of the University of Southampton. He was previously senior non-executive director and chair of the Court of the Bank of England, joint chair of Mondi and chair of BVT and P&O plc. Earlier in his career, Sir John served as chairman and chief executive of both Harland & Wolff and Babcock International.