Sir John Sunderland



Sir John was appointed Chairman of Merlin Entertainments in December 2009 and was appointed Chairman of the Company on 20 October 2013.

Sir John is currently Chancellor of Aston University and an Associate Member of BUPA.  He is also an adviser to CVC Capital Partners. Sir John was Chairman of the Cambridge Education Group from 2014 to 2017.

Previously, Sir John was Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes from 2003 to 2008 and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 2003.  Sir John was also President of the CBI from 2004 to 2006, President of the Chartered Management Institute from 2006 to 2007 and President of the Food and Drink Federation from 2002 to 2004.

Sir John was a Non-executive Director of the Rank Group from 1998 to 2006 and a Director of the Financial Reporting Council from 2004 to 2011. 

Sir John was a Non-executive Director of Barclays Bank PLC from 2005 to 2015 and of AFC Energy plc from 2012 to 2015.