John East spent his entire career in the City. He became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1974 and has founded two Stock Exchange firms. His second company, John East & Partners, was acquired in 2007 and is now part of international financial giant Sanlam.
John retired from the board of Sanlam Securities at the end of 2013 and became a non-executive director of its UK parent, stepping down in 2016. He is non-executive chairman of County Broadband Limited, an East Anglian, institutionally backed, Internet Service Provider, executive chairman of Barwood Securities Limited, a family owned commercial property investment company and a director of other companies.
He is a trustee and former deputy chairman of the Carlton Club, a member of the Garrick Club and a partner in the 606 jazz club. He leads, as an amateur, a professional band, The John East Project. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.