Who is John McTernan?

Who is John McTernan

John McTernan is now the Director of the recently established New Scotland Foundation which a non-partisan think-tank focussing on public service transformation. He is a global expert on public service leadership, working with governments in UK, Europe, South America, Australia and in Iraq. 

John ran the UK Civil Service Top Management Program, educating leaders from the public service, the private sector and the NGO sector. He developed this program to align the development of leaders within the public sector with the Public Service Reform Agenda of the UK Government. As head of the Policy Unit for the Scottish government he initiated a program of benchmarking their public services, against best in class globally.

He has focused in a number of key public policy areas. As Chair of Education in the London Borough of Southwark he led the creation of an education service of over 100 schools. For over a decade he has worked with health service leaders across the UK, defining service improvement. In the Downing Street Policy Unit he worked on housing and cities policy, which led him to work with the Victorian State Government on these issues.

He has worked widely with the public, private and voluntary sectors. He was a Director of the London Docklands Development Corporation and Director of Operations for Carlton TV Productions.

He is a skilled communicator who has written extensively on public sector reform and currently writes regularly for The Scotsman and UK Daily Telegraph.