Director - Since 2001, John has been an investor in and advisor to numerous early stage businesses, normally coupled with a role as NXD or Chairman. He has also undertaken strategic evaluation and due diligence assignments with Advent International, Charterhouse, J.P.Morgan and 3i. He was an associate of the Beer and Partners angel network from 2006 to 2009. Previous to 2001, he worked for major corporations – Bowater, BP, Unilever, ICI, for the last 15 years as Chairman/Chief Executive of international businesses with scenarios including rapid organic growth, complex restructuring and multiple acquisitions and disposals. John chaired the GAS Board in its first 3 years. He is the Senior Independent Director at British Rowing where he also chairs the Finance Committee.