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Neil Johnson


Electra Private Equity PLC

London, UK

Neil Johnson
Sasha Jensen
Jensen Partners
Philip Johnston
Johnston Associates, LLC

Neil Johnson’s Biography

Neil Johnson has extensive experience in leadership roles and is Chairman of Electra Private Equity Plc.

He joined Electra as Non-Executive Chairman and Director and later took on the role of Executive Chairman. Neil heads up the Nominations Committee and is an advisor to the firm’s portfolio companies.

Neil is also Chairman of QinetiQ and Deputy Chairman of Business Growth Fund. He is the former Chairman of Synthomer Plc, Motability Operations Group Plc, Tenon Group, Hornby, Umeco and Centaur Media Plc. He was Chairman of Cybit Plc and steered the business through IPO and its eventual sale to a US private equity firm in 2010. Neil also served as Chairman of e2v plc until it was acquired by Teledyne in 2016.

After Sandhurst and an early career in the British Army, Neil worked at Director level at Lex Service Group, British Leyland and Jaguar and these roles laid the foundations for his corporate success. At Jaguar he was worldwide Sales and Marketing Director. He was later CEO of the RAC.

From 1985 to 1989 Neil was seconded to the UK Ministry of Defence commanding 4th Royal Green Jackets Battlegroup in 12th Armoured Brigade.

On returning to industry, Neil joined the main board of Rover Group Plc and was responsible for British Aerospace’s car business in Europe. Following his success in this role, Neil was appointed Director General of the Engineering Employers’ Federation. He went on to establish British American Business, Inc., an organisation that set out to promote transatlantic trade.

Neil has been an Independent Member of the Metropolitan Policy Authority, an advisor to the Prime Minister on the Citizen’s Charter and was a member of a Ministry of Defence Advisory Board.

Neil’s Newsfeed

Hotter Shoes H1 sales climb 25%

Neil Johnson, chair of Electra, said: “We are delighted to be planning for both companies to embark on their separate journeys as independent listed companies with the management, strategy and financial position to deliver real value growth in both the short and longer terms."

City AM
Electra Private Equity to rename as Unbound in hospitality demerger

Electra chair Neil Johnson said: “It is an absolute priority for the Electra board that, having already successfully delivered significant value for shareholders in our realisation strategy, the value realised for our final two investments should also exceed expectations."

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Neil’s Background

Electra Private Equity PLC
2016 - Present
Electra Private Equity PLC is an LSE listed investment trust that focuses on private equity investments.
Land Rover
European Automotive Operations
Coventry, UK
Land Rover (now Jaguar Land Rover) is an international automotive manufacturing and technology company. With the use of their leading and innovative technology JLR provides first-class vehicles globally. JLR employs over 40,000 people across the world and supports another 260,000 through retailers, suppliers and local businesses.
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Other Business Interests

Engineering Employers’ Federation
Formerly known as the Engineering Employers' Federation, the EEF was originally a 'Union' of Employers. It became 'Make UK' and advocates for engineering & manufacturing businesses in the UK.
British American Business
Founder Member
London, UK
British American Business is an exclusive members’ organisation that works to create networking opportunities for its members. It features events and programs for members to exchange business interests, discuss policy, and meet with leaders in government, business, and NGOs.

Current Board Positions

QinetiQ Group plc
Jul 2019 - Present
Farnborough, UK
QinetiQ Group plc employs scientists and engineers to provide customers the highest expertise in advice, services and technology-based products. The company engages primarily with clients in the defence and security industries.
Business Growth Fund (BGF)
Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director
London, UK
The Business Growth Fund has provided support to more than 300 companies across all sectors of the UK economy. The BGF provides flexible funding, fresh thinking and helpful introductions to clients.

Previous Board Positions

Cybit Holdings Plc
Cybit Holdings Plc developed GPS tracking software and offers consultancy services for businesses that want to improve their efficiency. It is a subsidiary of Masternaut UK, a company that provides an extensive portfolio of vehicle tracking and mobile solutions.
Synthomer plc
Non-Executive Chairman
London, UK
Synthomer plc is a chemicals company and one of the leading global suppliers of aqueous polymers.
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Previous Advisory Roles

Ministry of Defence Advisory Board logo Ministry of Defence Advisory Board logo
Ministry of Defence Advisory Board
Board Member
Neil served as a member of a Ministry of Defence Advisory Board.
Metropolitan Police Authority logo Metropolitan Police Authority logo
Metropolitan Police Authority
Independent Member
London, UK
The Metropolitan Police Authority was the local police authority responsible for the quality of and supporting the work of the Metropolitan Police Service, the police force for Greater London. The authority was dissolved in 2012 and has been replaced by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.