John has had extensive involvement at every level of public affairs advocacy: working in areas of conflict, lobbying senior level government, launching high profile public campaigns and building coalitions.
Prior to Purpose he was Vice President of Social Responsibility for MTV International, overseeing the network’s strategy to engage its audience around social issues. John was a founder and Director of the Burma Campaign UK and helped to coordinate international advocacy in support of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. This included one of the most successful disinvestment campaigns since the anti-apartheid movement.
John also worked for a number of coalitions and aid agencies on a range of international issues including the ban on landmines, child bonded labor, fair trade and World Bank/IMF policy.
He has a particular interest in mischief and the role it can play in achieving social progress. He even wrote a book about it.
Originally from Hackney in East London, John now lives in Brooklyn.