The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed one of the city’s leading business figures to chair its City of London branch.
John McLean OBE will be the voice of directors in the City of London, Shoreditch and Canary Wharf, supporting them to connect, develop their personal skills and influence decision makers at the highest level.
John is a non-executive chair and director who has extensive public and capital market experience. He is chair of Starcrest Education, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange and focuses on education in the UK.
He is a leading contributor to the promotion of UK-China trade relations and is the Senior Adviser to the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK.
John also chairs the national charity, Carers Trust, which works to improve support, services and recognition for unpaid carers. He sits on the boards of The Princess Royal Respite Fund for Carers and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
In the 2014 New Year’s Honours, he was made an OBE for services to British business and the development of civil society in China.
John has been Acting Chair of IoD City of London since Alderman Alastair King was appointed Chair of the IoD London region earlier this year.
IoD London consists of dedicated branches in the City and Central London, which between them have around 3,000 members. The branches operate 11 special interest groups focusing on sectors including finance, property, education and international trade.
John said: “I am deeply honoured to be appointed to this prestigious role. The role of responsible and inspiring directors has never been more important as we rebuild following the pandemic. The City of London has a unique and vibrant business community, and I am looking forward to giving our members the support they need to grow and prosper.”
Alderman Alastair King added: “John has already put considerable commitment and work into his role as Acting Chair so I’m delighted that he will continue as our full-time Chair. He is the ideal individual to help us deliver the very best support and professional development to our members at this critical time for the City of London.”