John started his working career, in the distant past, by training to be an actuary focusing mainly on advising companies and trustees of pension schemes. After managing a consulting team at one of the major actuarial firms he decided, in his mid thirties, that he would prefer the autonomy and control of setting up and managing his own firm of actuaries and pension consultants and with a few colleagues. He raised money in the City and established a firm called Aspen. Under his stewardship, Aspen successfully grew and in 2007 was sold to Capita plc. He has since entertained himself by taking on various appointments as a trustee of pension and institutional funds and directorships of business which seek to grow.
John was asked to became involved with Pennies From Heaven in 2000 when Barclays first considered the Scheme and, as the initial client, were keen for someone they knew to oversee the distribution of the collected funds. Subsequently, in 2004, Anthony asked John to help finance the operation and take on the Chairmanship of Pennies From Heaven Ltd.
“What started out as a favour for Barclays become a real interest – such a simple scheme that can do so much good. Being involved enables me to use some of the business development skills I have acquired to help the charity sector. I very much enjoy seeing Pennies From Heaven grow and contribute more and more each year to helping others in need of help. It is my way of giving back to society.”
John is in his early sixties, resides in London and is always busy with his various bits of work, grandchildren and children, as well as trying to stay fit!