Over the last twenty five years, John has been a prolific writer, authoring reports for the Financial Times as well as a range of research organisations, including, of course, Transport Intelligence. His last two books, published by Kogan Page, are ‘Global Logistics Strategies: Delivering the Goods’ and ‘Supply Chain Risk’ (published April 2014). He is just about to embark on his third book, ‘Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets’.
In parallel with his business career, John has been heavily involved in politics since his student days and was elected to local government in his early 20s in his home town of Folkestone.
On occasion he has been able to combine these two strands of his career, and for three years between 2008-10 he was a special adviser to the Conservative Shadow Transport Ministerial Team on road policy in the run up to the General Election.
He has been a passionate supporter of the European logistics industry and he has campaigned continuously against bureaucracy and unnecessary restrictions upon business and individuals.
In 2002 John founded Transport Intelligence, a market research company which has grown to become the world’s leading provider of specialist consultancy and reports to the transport and logistics industry.
As Chief Executive, he spends much of his time developing new business ideas, products and markets for the company, often in Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa or Asia.
This was not his first taste of business management. In the 1990s he was Director of his family’s transport company which gave him invaluable experience of running a company in a highly competitive market.
John is an experienced adviser, presenter, moderator and conference chairman. He is presently chair of the Logistics and Supply Chain Global Agenda council of the World Economic Forum, and has participated in WEF events in Geneva, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Tianjin, Dalian and Cape Town.
He has spoken on numerous issues affecting the logistics industry which in the last year have included corruption, security, supply chain risk, opportunities in emerging markets and prospects for the UK road freight industry. He has also advised the European Commission as well as being a regular contributor to global media including the BBC, Economist, Wall St Journal and Financial Times .