John has led the Portman Group since June 2017. He provides strategic leadership to the organisation and manages the relationship with member company CEOs and MDs. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the organisation’s reputation as a strong and independent regulator and a powerful and persuasive voice for alcohol social responsibility.
John brings extensive political experience and understanding. He is well-connected across Westminster and Whitehall and regularly represents the interests of members and the wider industry. John is able to provide members with high level political advice and analysis as well as support with reputation management. He is also a confident and comfortable media operator, representing members across print and broadcast channels.
Prior to joining the Portman Group John spent more than a decade with Tesco, holding a number of senior policy, communications and public affairs roles in the UK, Europe and Asia.