John is the Chairman of our Employee Ownership Trust. The Trust owns shares in the business for the benefit of all the employees. It buys shares when anyone is leaving the firm and holds them.
John was born in Leeds, went to university in St Andrews and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London. He moved to Cambridge in 1986 just after getting married intending to stay a year then move back to Leeds. Due to Cambridge being such a good place to live and such a vibrant business focussed city, this move never happened. He worked in practice in Cambridge until 1993 when he set up his own accountancy practice Anderson & Co. This grew rapidly from just John and an empty office to employing 11 staff. In April 2017 Anderson & Co joined with Websters to become the North Cambridge office.
In 2019 John decided to retire from giving advice to clients. His role as Chairman requires him to Chair the annual meeting of the company at which all employees are invited to participate. He meets with the Chief Executive to act as a critical friend and acts on behalf of all employees to ensure that signifcant concerns are addressed by management. Very occasionally he will take on specific assignments on behalf of clients.
Hobbies and interests
He lives in Cambridge. Any outdoor activity is likely to be of interest and he is a keen rower with Champion of the Thames Rowing Club which despite its name is a Cambridge club named after the Pub on King Street in Cambridge. Fair weather cyclist, reluctant runner, keen swimmer, but only outdoors and preferably cold water. He is a governor of Parkside School. His spare time is used up with his allotment, a bit of walking, reading, theatre and occasionally some time with his wife and family. Still a Leeds United supporter despite the never ending cycle of pain that this brings him with every football season.