John launched ICG in 2006, having gained extensive experience running UK and international strategic communications programmes. He is involved in strategy development and providing senior counsel to a range of corporate clients. With a focus on delivering results and partnership working, John is proud to be known for building an agency that works in partnership with clients to exceed expectations, and a team of smart, dependable and informed consultants. Now a Top 100 PR consultancy, ICG’s 30-strong team work with corporates, trade associations and charities.
A former Parliamentary Candidate, following the 1997 election John worked in Parliament as a Researcher before moving into consultancy. Described by the PR Power Book as “a leading political comms expert”, John has established many campaigning coalitions and has a track record of developing public policy initiatives that have informed and shaped Government policy.
John frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on issues relating to politics and public policy and has been recognised by Total Politics magazine as one of the UK’s leading lobbyists. He writes regularly on politics, communications, business and government, including for The Times, Huffington Post, and Public Finance. He writes a column on politics for PR Week and provides pro bono support to several charities. In 2015, John took a four month sabbatical from ICG to serve as Campaign Director for Andy Burnham’s bid for Labour Leader.
John chaired an independent Commission on behalf of the PRCA on Diversity & Broadening Access to the PR industry. He is a Trustee of Intern Aware: the campaign for fair internships and is an Ambassador for Taylor Bennett Foundation.