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He joined the CBI as a policy adviser in 1982 and became its youngest ever director in 1991, when he took over the environmental affairs brief. He moved on to human resources policy in 1995, where he helped negotiate the UK’s first national minimum wage and entry into the European Union’s “social chapter” on employment conditions. He was promoted to the post of Deputy Director-General in 2000.
Beyond his work with the CBI, Cridland served on the Low Pay Commission from its formation in 1997 until 2007. He was Vice Chair of the National Learning and Skills Council between 2007 and 2010 and spent 10 years on the Low Pay Commission and the Council of the conciliation service, ACAS. He was also a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance and the Women and Work Commission; Vice-Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council; a Board member of Business in the Community; a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills and a member of the Council of Cranfield University.
He announced his decision to step down as Director-General in March 2015, saying “I’m a big Star Trek fan and just like James Kirk I have always told colleagues at internal meetings that I saw this as part of a five-year journey.” His resignation followed in November. He was succeeded by Carolyn Fairbairn
John Cridland was appointed a CBE for services to business in 2006 and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Lincoln in 2011 and the University of Bedfordshire in 2013. Unlike his five predecessors John Cridland was not awarded a Knighthood, at the end of his term as Director General at CBI.
In March 2016 the UK Department of Work and Pensions announced that Cridland would lead the UK's first State Pension age review.
He is married with two teenage children.
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- "John Cridland CBE appointed to lead the UK's first State Pension age review". GOV.UK. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
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