Sir John Armitt became Chairman City & Guilds in October 2012. He is also Chairman of National Express and is Deputy Chairman of the Berkeley Group. Sir John is also a member of the Board of Transport for London and the Airports Commission.
After leaving John Laing in 1993, where Sir John had been Chairman of Laing’s international and civil engineering divisions, he joined Union Railways, the company responsible for development of the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link, as Chief Executive. In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001.
Sir John was Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from 2001 and Chief Executive of Network Rail from 2002 to 2007. Sir John was appointed Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority on 1 September 2007 and was also Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council until March 2012.
Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in the New Year Honours List 2012 for services to engineering and construction. He was awarded Fellowship of City & Guilds in 2008 and joined City & Guilds’ Council in October 2011.