John Harwood is retired senior civil servant and local government chief executive. Until 2008 he was Chief Executive of the UK’s Food Standards Agency. Previously he had served as the first chief executive of the national Learning and Skills Council and before that as Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council. In 2019 John retired as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.
For a number of years John was a Trustee and Chair of the Northmoor Trust, which in 2010 became the Earth Trust; he rejoined the board in 2020. He is also a current Trustee of the Cogges Heritage Trust, Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust, and Young Dementia UK Homes, and a Vice President of Oxfordshire Youth. He has served as the chair of the international education charity, CfBT Education Trust, and on both the Care Quality Commission and the Awards Council for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.