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John Simpson

Independent Governor

Board of Governors

Role at Solent

John was elected to the board in August 2013, and is currently a member of the audit committee.


John is a businessman, professional CEO and turnaround specialist, with 28 years' experience in retail, music and events management. He has worked for some of the biggest names in UK retail, including Argos, B&Q, WHSmith and British Bookshops & Stationers, as well as the world’s leading rock and pop assessment board.

John is currently chief executive officer of RSL (Rockschool Ltd), the international rock music exam board and awarding authority.

John is an experienced, long-distance sailor, and is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. Besides sailing, John is a big music fan. He is a keen guitarist, singer and jazz trumpeter, and has played internationally in all kinds of ensembles.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee.