John Jackson (businessman)

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John Jackson
Born John Bernard Haysom Jackson
(1929-05-26) 26 May 1929 (age 88)
Devon, England
Education The University of Cambridge
Organization Mishcon de Reya

John Bernard Haysom Jackson (born 26 May 1929)[1] is an author and campaigner, a current chairman at the solicitors firm Mishcon de Reya, and a former Chairman of the Countryside Alliance. Qualifying as a barrister in 1954, he had a career in business and the technology industries during the 60s, 70s and 80s: most notably with technology company Philips. From the 90s onwards he moved into democratic and constitutional advocacy, particularly through the Countryside Alliance, and Unlock Democracy.[citation needed]

Early life and family[edit]

Jackson was born in Devon in 1929, where he lives now.[citation needed] His family moved to the Dorset coast for several years, and then to London as his father found work during the Great Depression years of the 1930s.[citation needed] He was educated at the The King's School, Canterbury, and from there he went on to The University of Cambridge to read law as the Squire Scholar in 1949,[citation needed] before qualifying in 1954.

Jackson has three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and has been married twice.[citation needed] He spent much of his married life in Kent, continuing the self-sufficient lifestyle he learnt as a child.[2]


Over the last 60 years Jackson has been engaged in a number of industries, holding chairmanships or directorships in Philips, Hilton, BHP Billiton, Graseby, Instore, Celltech, WPP, Wyndham Press and in the Oxford Technology Venture Capital Trusts.[3] He was appointed non-solicitor Chairman of London law firm Mishcon de Reya.,[4] in 1992[5]

Jackson has also become increasingly involved in political and constitutional debates, initially through campaigning with the Countryside Alliance,[6] and later by contributing to public discussions[7] and writing articles.[8][9]


John Jackson's first book, A Bucket of Nuts and a Herring Net was published in 1979 (Collins and Harvill Press). It was an account of family life on a small-holding in rural Kent, and of self-sufficiency. The book was reprinted with a new introduction and an end piece in 2000, as A Little Piece of England: A Tale of Self-Sufficiency by Merlin Unwin Books.[10]

Jackson's independent publishing venture JJ Books[11] was launched in 2011, with the aim of JJ Books reissued A Little Piece of England in July 2011. In October 2011, the company published the hardback edition of "Tales for Great Grandchildren", a collection of fables and mythological tales that Jackson gathered during his travels in Nepal in 1978.[12]

The company plans to publish several new collections of stories (in illustrated hardback and digital editions).[13]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2014. Mr John Jackson, company chairman, 82 
  2. ^ [1], The Independent, 2002
  3. ^ Oxford Technology Venture Capital Trusts
  4. ^ Mishcon de Reya
  5. ^ [2] Executive Profile: John B. H. Jackson, August 2011
  6. ^ Split in Countryside Alliance
  7. ^ Intelligence Squared Archived 16 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Guardian article
  9. ^ Open Democracy article
  10. ^ Merlin Unwin Books
  11. ^ JJ Books
  12. ^ JJ Books website 2011[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ JJ Books website 2011

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