John O’Brien MBE
John is an ethical purpose and communication expert at Diversified Agency Services (DAS), part of global communications company Omnicom. He is Senior Partner Europe at ‘Changing Our World’ the U.S philanthropy agency; Partner of ‘OneHundred’ the strategy and communications agency and leads on purpose at global PR Company Porter Novelli.
He is Chair of the London based Knot network of ethical leaders and as a philanthropist is patron, trustee and supporter of a variety of not for profit initiatives. John is a former British Army Infantry officer, having spent ten years soldiering and is the former director of The Prince of Wales’s personal programmes at the Prince’s responsible business network BITC. He was founding MD of The Prince’s Mosaic initiative; Chairman of The Prince of Wales’s Pakistan Recovery Fund and the Prince’s special representative on Youth United and the Industrial Cadet programme. He is a published author and commentator, a former magistrate and serial founder of several businesses, social campaigns and partnerships.
He was made a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his work across these agendas in The Queen’s birthday honours list of 2017.
“As former director of the Prince of Wales programmes and special representative on a variety of youth and social impact initiatives, I can say that both HRH and I were immensely impressed with MPCT when we visited. I subsequently was delighted to be asked to become a Patron and have since had further insights into the work. MPCT is a highly focused and efficient organisation which has had an extraordinary impact on many young people’s lives. In so doing it creates a cadre of engaged and inspired young people capable of taking a full role in society and public service life”.