John Ormerod’s career has covered a wide span including the public sector, academia, a range of private sector industries and the accountancy profession. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Directors of Regent’s College, a private sector higher educational institute in Regent’s Park, central London, which offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business, the liberal arts and psychology/psychotherapy.
Until embarking on a portfolio career in 2005 he was Director, Strategy and Communications and a member of the Management Board of the Export Credits Guarantee Department (“ECGD”) responsible for public affairs and policy issues, international relations, corporate and business strategy, corporate governance and ECGD’s Business Principles. Before joining ECGD John worked in the Corporate Strategy Group at British Telecommunications plc (“BT”) and prior to that was for 15 years at United Distillers plc where he set up and served on the boards of joint ventures in Korea, India and Australia and pioneered the use of scenario planning for underpinning investment decisions in emerging markets.
He has been a part-time lecturer in strategy on the MBA programme at the Open University Business School since 1999, teaching in the UK, Russia and Romania and is also a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and the Royal Society of Arts.
John did his first degree in English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge (albeit that he went up intending to read Natural Sciences), qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977, took his MBA at Cass Business School, City University, London in 1989 and an MA in Philosophy at the Open University in 2007.
Outside of his work and academic interests he relaxes with classical music and philosophy, often on his canal boat. He is a SAMI Fellow.
His SAMI projects have included the Future of Services to the Public and Scenarios for China and India 2015.