John Middleton is the Director of Corporate Services and he leads our team of finance, HR, IT and systems professionals.

Previously, John has held leadership positions in the education, regeneration and charity sectors where he has helped organisations grow, diversify and achieve financial sustainability. He started his career as an auditor before joining the education sector as Director of Finance of a college in Manchester, then taking a role in Australia leading business activities with China before returning to the UK to become Vice Principal (Director of Resources) of NewVIc. When London won the Olympic Games John left the education sector to become Head of Economic Development at LTGDC, passionate to maximise the gains for East London (where he lives). He went on to become the founding Joint Chief Executive for the Olympic Park charity, and principle advisor to LLDC for all the education and cultural regeneration of the Olympic Park after the Games. Prior to joining Design Council John was a management consultant, advising a variety of clients on their strategies and supporting them to change and achieve growth