John Banham

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Sir John Banham (born 22 August 1940)[1] is a British business leader. He has been the chairman of Whitbread, a major brewer since 2000, and is also chairman of ECI Ventures and Johnson Matthey.


He was raised in Cornwall, where his father worked as a surgeon and his mother as a National Health Service (NHS) administrator, and was educated at Charterhouse School, and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he gained a first class degree in Natural Sciences.[2] He worked at the Foreign Office for two years before moving to Reed International and then McKinsey and Co.[2]

He was the first controller of the Audit Commission from 1983 to 1987, and was then Director General of the Confederation of British Industry from 1987 to 1992.[2][3] In 1992 he became chairman of the Local Government Commission for England that led to a large-scale local government reform in England.[4] He was knighted in 1992.

He was chairman of Tarmac from 1994 to 1999, and the chairman of Kingfisher plc from 1995 to 2001.[3][5] He became the chairman of Johnson Matthey in April 2006.[6] He has also acted as chairman of West Country Television and as a non-executive director of both National Westminster Bank and National Power.[3]

In 1987, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from the University of Bath.[7]


  1. ^ "Birthdays", The Independent, 22 August 1994 (Banham was 54 on this date)
  2. ^ a b c Cope, Nigel (2001) "Sir John Banham: Is this the most confident man in Britain?", The Independent, 4 June 2001, retrieved 2010-02-01
  3. ^ a b c Cope, Nigel (1995) "Sir John Banham to head Kingfisher", The Independent, 16 October 1995, retrieved 2010-02-01
  4. ^ "BANHAM IN DERBYSHIRE DEAL WITH GOVERNMENT", Local Government Chronicle, 7 January 1994, retrieved 2010-02-01
  5. ^ Griffiths, Katherine (2001) "Banham quits but denies Kingfisher rift", The Independent, 7 May 2001, retrieved 2010-02-01
  6. ^ "John Banham", Chemistry & Industry, May 1, 2006
  7. ^ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Terence Beckett
Director of the Confederation of British Industry
1987 - 92
Succeeded by
Howard Davies