John Pilkington

Executive Chair

John holds a number of non-executive director roles and is chair of GBSH plc, Fortel Services Ltd and BWB Regeneration. He was a director for 20 years of Ove Arup & Partners, leading project teams in Hong Kong, Bahrain, Qatar, France, Germany and the UK, before joining Carillion as development director for large PFI projects. Here he worked in health, education and defence, including the redevelopment of GCHQ in Cheltenham, before moving to Amey, as MD of the company’s investment businesses.

John has been chair of the CBI working group on Procurement & PFI, and of the Bradford Local Education Partnership. He advised HM Treasury’s agency, Partnerships UK, on how to stimulate the housing sector, and worked on the Department for Education & Skills’ £45 billion Building Schools for the Future programme. He is a member of Acumen7, a network of business leaders and investors, has been a visiting professor at both the London School of Economics and ESADE business school in Barcelona, and mentors members of the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs’ Society.