John is an IT Executive with a track-record of leading digital functions, delivering mission-critical programmes, managing substantial budgets, and assisting businesses in extracting maximum benefit and value from technology.
He has extensive experience of supporting organisations through transformation and fast growth periods, including mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and off-shoring of IT Services. Before joining Defra as Group CDIO, John was Group CIO at Abellio, a European Public Transport Operator with 20,000 staff in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Abellio operate Greater Anglia, ScotRail and MerseyRail through contracts with the DFT, as well as 8% of London buses on behalf of TFL.
From 2007 to 2013 John was Global IT Director at Ipsos (Ipsos MORI in the UK). John has a multi-cultural profile having worked and lived in the UK, France, Greece, Lebanon, Germany, Luxembourg, and Spain.