John is a serial entrepreneur, having founded seven different businesses over a 40-year period, including a digital marketing agency, corporate finance and management consultancy. He has trained and worked as a strategy consultant, raised funding through Angels, VCs and crowd funding, and exited businesses via MBO, MBI and trade sale. He has been ranked #30 in CityAM’s list of UK Entrepreneurs.

John has been Chairman/Non-Executive Director/Board Advisor of many early-stage businesses in London, Sydney and Bristol. He was also a Mentor at Microsoft Accelerator, Pitch@Palace, Techstars and SETsquared and was on the Advisory Board for Oracle’s Accelerator. John was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by techSPARK for his work with Scale-Ups and has been a Judge at National Business Awards, Amazon Scale-Up Awards and a speaker at many conferences and exhibitions.  

John is Founder and Chief Executive of Boardroom Advisors which provides part-time Executive Directors (Commercial/Operations/Managing Directors) and Non-Executive Directors to Scale-Ups and growing SMEs without either a recruitment fee or a long-term contract.

Based in Bristol, John  often stays in Home Grown when in London. A huge cricket fan and his son James Courtney  can also  regularly be spotted  in Home Grown.

“What a special delight and home from home! I stay here whenever I come to London  and their Scale-Up events are on the money..”