John Lovering CBE, read Economics at Exeter University and graduated in 1971. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Manchester Business School (1975).
John is a retired serial private equity specialist. He established an unparalleled record in originating, managing and creating shareholder value in consumer focused private equity transactions. He has been associated with sixteen private equity owned companies, all of which have been successful exits.
His previous roles include the Chairmanship of pub chain Mitchells & Butlers plc, Debenhams plc, Homebase Ltd (where he led one of the most successful European retail buy‐outs ever), Somerfield Ltd, Fitness First Ltd, The Laurel Pub Company Ltd, Odeon Ltd, Peacock Group, Birthdays Group Ltd and Fired Earth Ltd. Whilst Partner in Montagu Private Equity he chaired Jamella Group, best known for the Ghd brand; Host Europe Group, the biggest domain register in the UK and the largest virtualization provider in Europe and Emitel, the Polish based technology, media and telecoms business.
His earlier career was spent in a number of financial and operational roles with retailer and consumer groups such as Grand Metropolitan and Tarmac. At Sears plc, a FTSE 100 company, he was Finance Director at the age of 38.
In the voluntary sector, John is currently a Trustee of The Holburne Gallery in Bath and also Trustee of United World Schools. He recently retired as Governor of Dulwich College and Chairman of Dulwich College Enterprises and Chairman of Hastings Pier Charity, the organization responsible for rebuilding the pier.
He supports other charities including Woodland Trust where he is an Ambassador and has in the past been a Trustee for Save the Children and Committee Member for The British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal as well as The Prince’s Trust Retail Leadership Programme.
In 2014 he stood down as Chairman of RetailTRUST, the retail benevolent fund charity which supports the 3 million+ people working in retail and in 2017 stood down as Chairman of RetailCURe (the credit union initiative).
In 2007, he established The Lovering Charitable Foundation with the main aim of helping children and the elderly. Since inception, the Foundation has established scholarships and bursaries for less privileged children, built two schools in Angola and supported numerous other causes such as The Centre for Social Justice as well as health and hospice care for the elderly.
In 2010, John was awarded Manchester Business School’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and in 2016 he was awarded CBE in the Queen’s Birthday’s Honours list for Services to the Charitable Sector and Philanthropic services through the Lovering Charitable Trust.