John Cridland

Director-General of the CBI

As Director-General of the CBI, John Cridland is the key spokesman for the business community in the media, on public platforms and with the government. He leads the CBI – the voice of business - in the UK and represents it internationally.

John is a Board member of Business in the Community and a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills. He is also a member of the Council of Cranfield University. He was Vice Chair of the National Learning and Skills Council between 2007-2010. He spent 10 years on the Low Pay Commission and the ACAS Council, and was also a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance.

John was educated at Boston Grammar School and has an MA in History from Christ’s College Cambridge. He joined the CBI as a policy adviser in 1982. John was Deputy Director-General from 2000 to 2010.

John is married with two teenage children and lives in Bedfordshire. He was awarded 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.