John Gourd is the Site Planning and Services Director at Johnson Matthey in Royston - the Royston site is the company's largest operation and is also the corporate headquarters. In addition to his site responsibilities, he has held a number of commercial and operational roles, including the Presidency of a divisional European sales operation based in Paris.
John is also a director of the Royston First Business Improvement District Company.
John has been a Board member of the LEP since its inception and took over the Chairmanship in July 2011. John stepped down as Chair in June 2016 after five years at the helm, but remains on the LEP Board as Business Representative.
He qualified with an MBA in 2001. He is married with two young children.