The family office perspective: defining a philanthropic vision
John read law at Jesus College, Cambridge before joining Macfarlanes, a City of London law firm where he worked from 1968 to 2008. He specialised in advising wealthy UK and international families on trusts, tax, philanthropic and estate planning issues. Between school and university John worked for a year as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) volunteer in Northern Nigeria and he has been a VSO supporter ever since. For about 15 years he also worked as a volunteer and the Chairman of the Management Committee of a Legal Aid Centre in South London. Since leaving Macfarlanes in 2008, John has expanded the number of his charity trusteeships. Apart from the Kusuma Trust, he is also trustee of Arnold Foundation, Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Tree Aid, Vision for a Nation Foundation, The Lister Foundation for Preventive Medicine and Howard Henley Memorial Trust. He is also a Director of Stonehage Law Ltd and one of the team supporting Stonehage Philanthropy Services.