Chief Executive and Comptroller General
John took up post as Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the IPO on 15 February 2010.
He is a Board level civil servant having begun his career with the then DTI in 1978.
John has come to the IPO with a strong track record of handling complex and politically sensitive economic, regulatory and business issues. He is also experienced in working as a partner and sponsor with delivery bodies to deliver better outcomes for customers.
John spent several years as Director, European Policy and his last post was as Director General of the Fair Markets Group in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills so he brings with him substantial EU and international expertise.
From early September 2012, John has been asked to take on the role of Director General of Knowledge and Innovation (K&I) in our parent department, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) whilst a permanent appointment is being made.
In order to ensure that the IPO is properly led during this period, John has asked his deputy, Sean Dennehey to take on the role of acting Chief Executive.