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John O’Brien, MBE

John is a former British Infantry Officer and graduate of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, who retired as a Captain after ten years in various roles around the world. He has subsequently spent 24 years creating a highly-regarded reputation in ethical purpose, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and mass public campaigning. John applies his experience as the senior representative in Europe for Changing Our World.

Prior to joining in 2017, he spent seven years creating his own ethical purpose agency and a decade before that as director of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales’s personal programmes at the Charity, Business in the Community. There, alongside various UK responsibilities, he created programmes covering twenty countries.

John is a philanthropist in his own right having founded the Jubilee Hour, recognised by the UK government as the largest mobilisation of volunteering since WW2, with over 2 million participants. He also co-founded the Remember WW1 volunteering campaign, part of the UK Government’s commemorative activities and is patron, trustee and supporter of a variety of UK charities.

John is a published author, the latest being “The Power of Purpose” by Pearson, which combines experience with insights around ethical purpose in business from interviews with over sixty renowned leaders. The book is a best seller and was shortlisted as business book of the year in the UK, as well as reaching No3 in the UK’s major retail book chart at WHSmith.

John has received various awards in his career and was made a member of the most Excellent Order of The British Empire in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list for various charitable endeavours in the UK and overseas.

John splits his time between the London and New York offices and his rural Shropshire home, where he lives with his wife a university tutor, their seventeen-year-old daughter and their Cairn terrier.