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John Kirkland,
Life President

John Kirkland OBE

John joined Bowmer + Kirkland on 1 January 1967 when turnover was £1m.

He was appointed a Director in 1970, Managing Director in 1972 and assumed responsibility as Chairman in 1976.

He remained chairman until 1 January 2019, when he was succeeded by his son Jack.  John is now, along with his brother Robert, Life President of Bowmer + Kirkland and will be guiding, supporting and offering his wealth of knowledge to the Main Board.

He attended Leeds University and attained a BSc in Civil Engineering in 1960.  He was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2001.

In 1999 he received an OBE for services to Derbyshire, in particular for his former role as Chairman of Derbyshire Ambulance Service.

He served as Chair of both the Derbyshire Learning and Skills Council (LSC) from 2000-2008 and the LSC East Midlands Regional Council from 2004-2008.

In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Derby. He is a National Literacy Trust Reading Champion for the National Reading Campaign, and is also a Governor of Landau Forte College, Derby.

John was the longest serving Director of Derby County Football Club (from 1981 to 2002) and was President from 2006 until 2008. He was invited to rejoin the board in 2017.

His interests include travel, golf and reading.