John read Modern History at New College, Oxford. As a Robert Schuman Scholar he worked on Transport Strategy for the European Parliament then trained in Systems Analysis with Accenture before entering the banking industry. Specialising on public sector finance, he led Nomura’s Berlin-based corporate finance and privatisation operations after the Fall of the Wall.

In 1993 John established his own research company which has advised numerous government departments, regulators, central banks and multilateral institutions on policy and performance issues. Its reports range from key studies on understanding company ownership, benchmarking development banks to global private sector development and macro-economic risks in Central Asia. John’s latest report, for the UK FCA at the request of the Treasury Select Committee, is on bank derisking.

For over 20 years he has been adviser to regional development banks in Germany on foreign direct investment, outreach and stakeholder relations. John was a founder member of the UK National Audit Office’s Regulatory Reform Expert Panel. He has conducted reviews of national and international regulatory arrangements and processes, including multilateral peer review processes. He is a Senior Common Room member at St Anthony’s College and Trustee of the Financial Markets Policy Foundation.


Research projects

Research Interests

Governance and finance of regions and regional development institutions

Trade and infrastructure finance

Regulation, formal and informal compliance

Research projects