John Longworth was Chairman of the Vote Leave Business Council for the duration of the referendum campaign having resigned as Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in March 2016 after nearly five years in post. At the BCC he supported and interacted with business of all kinds, in all parts of the UK and overseas. He raised the profile and influence of the organisation, stabilised its finances and developed a network of business organisations and Chambers in 41 countries across the globe.
Over the course of his career, John has done business on every continent and held Executive Board positions at Asda Group and Tesco Stores. In 2009 he embarked on a Portfolio career and in 2010 he founded a science, IT and professional services business (SVA Ltd) which, as Chairman, he steered to a successful exit in 2015, when it employed over 100 scientists and professionals.
He is now a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Advisory Board of Economists for Free Trade and Co Chairman of the business lobby group “Leave means Leave”.
John has also held a number of company non-executive director positions, including Board audit and risk committee and remuneration committee. He has always been active in public roles including as; a panel member of the Competition Commission, a council member of the World Chambers Federation, a board member of the UK India Business Council and as Chairman of the Paris based CIES International Product Standards and Trade Committee.
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