John Henry Bremridge

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Sir John Henry Bremridge
Financial Secretary of Hong Kong
In office
Personal details
Born (1925-07-12)12 July 1925
Transvaal,South Africa
Died 6 May 1994(1994-05-06) (aged 68)
Father Godfrey Bremridge

Sir John Henry Bremridge (彭勵治爵士), KBE, JP, MA[1] (12 July 1925 – 6 May 1994) was Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1981 to 1986. He was the first Financial Secretary who was not a civil servant.

Early Years[edit]

Bremridge was born in 1925 in Transvaal, South Africa to British parents (Godfrey Bremridge) on an orange farm, but left in 1933 for Britain where he grew up.[2]


He served in the British Army (Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)) during World War II (1943-1947), read law at Oxford before joining Swire in 1949 where he rose as was a senior member of staff in the John Swire and Sons (Hong Kong) (Swire Group) and held various corporate boards:[3]

  • Chairman, Swire Pacific Limited 1973-1980
  • Chairman, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited 1973-1980
  • Non-executive Director, Schroders plc 1987-1989
  • Director, John Swire and Sons 1987

Hong Kong Government[edit]

In the 1980s he left the private sector to become Financial Secretary and remained until 1986 to return to the corporate world.

Later Years and Death[edit]

Bremridge's health suffered after a fall in 1987 and never fully recovered, dying in 1994 in London.[4] He was survived by his wife and children (Anne, Elizabeth, Charles and Henry.[5]


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Philip Haddon-Cave
Financial Secretary of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Sir Piers Jacobs