Current Lord-Lieutenant

Sir John became Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in July 2012 and was formerly High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 2011-12.  He is Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Magistrates Advisory Committee.  

He is married to Christine (Lady Peace) and has three daughters and six grandchildren.

Sir John has a long and distinguished business career at the highest levels covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. Formerly Chairman, Chief Executive and a Founder of Experian plc, Chief Executive of GUS plc, Chairman of Standard Chartered plc and is currently Chairman of Burberry plc - all FTSE 100 companies operating globally. He was also Chairman of the Work Foundation, a visionary think-tank.

Since 2012, he has been High Steward of Southwell Minster Cathedral, an honorary and ambassadorial position given to a member of the laity who shows particular encouragement and support to the Cathedral in its mission and ministry in serving the community.

Sir John is also committed to supporting the Midlands region and is currently Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership and Midlands Connect. These are Government backed initiatives aimed at driving economic growth throughout the Midlands region, creating new jobs and generally helping people live their lives better.

Formerly East Midlands Ambassador for Business in the Community, and has a long-standing interest in education.

For 10 years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University, and in 2017 became Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

He was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nottingham as well as being an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University.


  • The Royal British Legion in Nottinghamshire
  • SSAFA the Armed Forces charity
  • Framework a charity that helps the homeless and vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire
  • Nottingham Forest Community Trust
  • Trustee of Djanogly City Academy
  • Governor of Nottingham Boys High School (ex-officio)
  • Nottingham Castle Trust.

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