John May OBE DL

Member of Education Committee

John is a campaigner, storyteller, teacher, youth worker, independent diplomat, writer and broadcaster who has spent his career working with and for young people in the UK and around the world.   Professionally, he is the Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, leading the development of the Award worldwide.

After leaving Wycliffe with A levels in English, French, Maths and Politics, John studied Drama and English at Bristol University.   He started his career as a teacher, working with children and young people in a variety of situations, ranging from schools in suburban England to refugee camps in Uganda. He became a Headteacher at 28, going on to develop a reputation for regenerating underperforming institutions. John has since been the national Education Director of Business in the Community, founding Chief Executive of Career Ready and Chief Executive of Young Enterprise.

John is a former non-executive director of UNICEF, helped to found ‘Teach First’ in the UK, and is a past Vice Chairman of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. He is a visiting lecturer in education and corporate social responsibility at Oxford Brookes, Surrey and Leicester De Montfort universities, and is a trustee of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets.  He holds an honorary doctorate in sociology from the University of Bolton.  He is one of Stonewall’s National Ambassadors, helping the charity continue its work for acceptance for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.  At home in Oxfordshire, John volunteers for the organisation Charity Mentors and chairs the board of trustees for Oxfordshire Scouts.  As a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, he leads a group looking at the Arts and their potential for community engagement.

In 2008, John received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in recognition of his dedication to enterprise education. In 2009, he received the Freedom of the City of London and in 2020, he was awarded an OBE for services to young people.

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