Chair and Member

John Steele

John Steele



John Steele is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Innovation Resource Centre for Human Resources (IRC4HR), previously known as Industrial Relations Counsellors (IRC), where he was a non-executive board member. Headquartered in NYC, IRC4HR is a non-profit organisation established in 1926 by John D Rockefeller Jr, to encourage positive employment relationships and advances in human resources management. By sponsoring research and collaborative ‘make-a-difference’ projects, IRC4HR enables practitioners, academics, and public policy makers to share findings and thought leadership focussed on promoting more productive, engaging, and rewarding workplaces.

Mr Steele’s corporate career of over 40 years was spent with Ford Motor Company, IBM, BT plc and finally Accenture, which formed a joint venture with BT that created one of the first major providers in the HR Outsourcing market. In his role as BT’s Group Personnel Director he held non-executive positions in a number of private and public organisations involved in HR and training initiatives, both in the UK and abroad. He was also a Council member of ACAS (1999-2005) and a Governor of Henley Management College (1995-2006) John is a Fellow of the CIPD, an Honorary Fellow of Henley Management College, and an independent consultant.

As Chair of the AFPRB since 2013 (member from 2009), he is also a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body.

Register of interest are disclosed here


The Chair of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body is responsible for providing independent advice to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence on the remuneration and charges for members of the Naval, Military and Air Forces of the Crown.


The Review Body on Senior Salaries provides independent advice to the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, the Secretary of State for Defence, the Secretary of State for Health and the Home Secretary on the pay of: the judiciary; senior civil servants; senior officers of the armed forces; certain senior managers in the NHS; Police and Crime Commissioners; chief police officers; and other such public appointments as may from time to time be specified.