John Cridland CBE

John Cridland CBE, Director General, CBI

Lecture Title: The State of the Economy and the Role of Business and Education

Date: Thursday 27 June 2013


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

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 and has been Director of Environmental Affairs and of Human Resources Policy. John was Deputy Director-General from 2000 to 2010.

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 is married with two teenage children and lives in Bedfordshire. He was awarded a CBE for services to business in 2006 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lincoln in 2011.

The CBI provide a voice for businesspeople and their businesses on a national and international level. They speak for more than 240,000 companies of every size, including many in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 350, mid-caps, SMEs, micro businesses, private and family owned businesses, start ups, and trade associations in every sector, including:

  • agriculture
  • automotive
  • aerospace and defence
  • construction
  • creative and communications
  • financial services
  • IT and eBusiness
  • management consultancy
  • manufacturing
  • professional services
  • retail
  • transport
  • tourism
  • utilities
John Crdland, Director General, CBI