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Mr John McTernan

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Last updated: 22 August 2020

Prior to joining PSB, John was a columnist and writer for The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times and The Times. An experienced political strategist, he was formerly Director of Political Operations for the former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair; Director of Communications for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard; and Chief of Staff to Scottish Labour Party Leader Jim Murphy. John has worked on numerous campaigns across Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, he was Thinker in Residence for the Government of South Australia and Head of Policy for the Scottish Government.

He has extensive experience in the public, private and NGO sectors. He was a councillor for the London Borough of Southwark where he was Chair of Education, and he was a director of the London Docklands Development Corporation.

John began his career as a professional librarian before becoming a political staffer. He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sheffield.