John became a Director and non-Executive Chairman of the Company in December 2013. Prior to this, he joined Unipart Group of Companies from General Motors in 1974 and set out to establish a more independent and broadly-based role for what was then British Leyland’s Parts Division. In 1987 he led the management buyout of the company and began the process of changing not only the culture of the company, but also the whole philosophy by which the business was run. He was formerly a Director of the Court of the Bank of England and a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Mail, Charter International plc and Rolls-Royce plc.
John was appointed Prince’s Ambassador for the South East for 2009 by HRH The Prince of Wales.