John is Chief Operating officer and Finance Director, reporting to Simon Deans and the board with responsibility for the Finance, HR, IT and Facilities departments. John's particular focus is to deliver the new premises on time and on budget, exit the current buildings with minimum disruption and cost, whilst ensuring the firm can still deliver its quality service to the clients. John will also be looking at how we can unlock the productivity gains we should be getting from the large investment in Peppermint and the IT infrastructure
John has worked for and with a number of medium sized law firms in the Thames Valley as CFO, FD, COFA and head of operations with emphasis on IT infrastructure; including the migration of practice management systems. Prior to that, he was EMEA finance director for global IT corporations headquartered in the USA, Canada and Japan developing the trading, tax and financial structures within Europe including setting up manufacturing in Ireland. John qualified with Grant Thornton and has been a member of the ICAEW since 1984.
Outside the office
John is a keen fan of live music, tries to get to as many gigs as possible and is always searching for new bands to follow. He also chairs the Sonning regatta team with a biannual regatta and the annual Elegant Picnic (www.sonningfestival.co.uk). John has been married for 24 years with a son training as an architect and a daughter studying art at Oxford Brookes.