John has been working for almost forty years in the brand and design industry, leading a number of marketing, brand and design consultancies in the UK and Internationally, as well as holding a number of roles within FMCG and retail, including Head of Brand at Safeway.
Most recently he has led the UK Design Council through a period of change and has retired from that role after four years as CEO. He joined the Design Council from an International CEO role at the Holmes & Marchant group and previously had ten years at the helm of the Brand Union (was Enterprise IG), WPP’s flagship brand design agency.
Over the last fifteen years he has been actively committed to the development of the design industry, serving as President of the DBA (Design Business Association) for three years as well as being involved in various ways with the Design Council and the broader design community. He has been on the Board of BEDA (The Bureau of European Design Associations) for over three years, two of these as Vice-President.
His ongoing commitments include a Director role at the British Design Fund, a Trustee role at 1418Now as well as being a Board member on various charities and sitting on a number of Advisory Boards. He is also an Independent Governor at Falmouth University.
"In many ways Digital is just another medium but it is definitely the medium of Now ... but the creative idea and the design of the execution are as critical as they ever were and so I'm delighted to be asked to judge the very best of what is currently delivering powerful campaigns and effecting real change"