A Chartered Surveyor by profession having had
a number of careers including Leeds City Council development team, Property
Director of Joshua Tetley (the Brewer) responsible for over 1100 pubs and
restaurants. He was subsequently appointed property director for The Burton
Group (now Arcadia).
As a result of this experience John was
appointed MD of Hammerson (UK) a FTSE 100 company based in London. Over the following
10 years the business was fundamentally restructured with a major emphasis on
urban regeneration, specifically major office development in London and retail
developments throughout the U.K. Key development in retail included Brent Cross
in London, Bull Ring Birmingham, West Quay Southampton and the new Victoria
Quarter in Leeds.
Following his retirement he has held non-executive appointments with a
number of companies including Caddick Developments, Carbon Trust, Workspace
plc, Canal and River Trust, Realis Estates, Opera North, Chair of Leeds BID,
West Bromwich Building Society and Harrogate Symphony Orchestra where he plays