John Savage has been a dominant personality in the West of England for the last three decades. He is currently the Executive Chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative and Chairman of University Hospitals Bristol, although his long career has seen him actively involved in a wide variety of initiatives linking local government, businesses and charities.
His past positions and accolades include: Head of the West of England Initiative, Chief Executive of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Executive Chairman of Business West, CBE for business regeneration, High Sheriff for Bristol, and recipient of Honorary Doctorates from both Bristol universities.
John has spent his career advocating and promoting partnership working between government, local government and the private sector in order to bolster the position of the West of England and its neighbouring communities as a vibrant and vital European city region in the 21st Century.
His name is associated with his tireless work driving forwards projects such as the delivery of Cabot Circus and the regeneration of Bristol’s harbourside, as well as building The Matthew. He is also a Canon of Bristol Cathedral and trustee of a local older people’s housing charity.
John is a dedicated believer in the importance of the National Health Service and the concepts of the Welfare State, while also being passionately concerned about the failure of the British educational system to produce opportunities for large swathes of underprivileged young people.
This strong sense of social justice has defined much of his career, working – often in unpaid roles – to create better opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. These include chairing Learning Partnership West and the SW Regional Learning and Skills Council, being a patron of the local youth programme, Tomorrow’s People, and acting as a trustee of The Creative Youth Network.
Outside of his work, John’s other interests and motivations include an unshaken Christian belief, ocean sailing, cycling, hill walking, history, music and the arts.