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 east John retired from the board of Sanlam Securities at the end of 2013 and is now a non-executive director of its UK parent and a director of and shareholder in other private companies.

He is a member and former deputy chairman of the Carlton Club, a member of the Arts Club, a partner in the 606 jazz club and joint president of Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club. He leads, as an amateur, a professional band, The John East Project. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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