John is the founder and Executive Chairman of Helix Management Services. After graduating in Law from Cambridge University, John trained with Allen & Overy before moving to Salomon Brothers, both in New York and London.

He has been involved in the management consultancy and search industry for over 20 years and founded HMS in 1992 as a specialist legal and banking search consultancy.

John is also a sportsman. He competed successfully in two Olympic Games as well as several World and European championships as a rower. He also participated in three university Boat Races for Cambridge University. Among other non-day jobs, he has broadcast on TV and radio on sport and was the UK Chairman of the international charity ‘Right to Play’ of which he is now Chairman Emeritus. John was a director or the British Olympic Association for the six years prior to the 2012 London Games.

He is also Chairman of the Hawks' Club at Cambridge University. He was appointed Chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board, the Steering Committee, and Nominations Committee of Cambridge University in January 2014.