Sir John Holmes, GCVO, KBE, CMG


Chairman, The Electoral Commission. Formerly Director, The Ditchley Foundation.

Chairman, The Electoral Commission (2016-); Chair, International Rescue Committee UK (2012-); Member of Wilton Park Advisory Council: Adviser to MasterCard International.

Formerly: Director, The Ditchley Foundation (2010-2016); Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, The United Nations, New York (2007-10); Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service (1973-2006): Ambassador to France (2001-06); Ambassador to Portugal (1999-2001); Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1997-99); Private Secretary for Overseas Affairs to Prime Minister Sir John Major (1996-97); Head, European Union Department (External), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1995-96). Previous postings in Moscow, Paris, Delhi and the FCO.

A Governor (2017-), The Ditchley Foundation and a Member of the Board of Directors (2010-), The American Ditchley Foundation.