John Studzinski took up his appointment as a non-executive director of the Home Office in April 2016.
Mr Studzinski is Vice Chairman and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, where he is responsible for a number of sovereign and institutional relationships, as well as family capital.
He joined Morgan Stanley in New York in 1980 and since then has spent much of his career in London, where he was the Head of European Investment Banking and Deputy Chairman of Morgan Stanley International before moving to HSBC in 2003 as a member of the group management board. He joined Blackstone in 2006 as Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, which he ran for nearly a decade.
Mr Studzinski received the Prince of Wales ambassador award for his work with the homeless. He is founder and chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a UK-based charity that nurtures the careers of outstanding young artists, giving them access to mentors and valuable networks. He is also Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch, and is actively involved with various initiatives and organisations to address the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery.
In 2007 he was voted banker of the year by the Bank of England. In 2008, the Queen’s New Year’s honours list named him Commander of the British Empire for services to the arts and charity.
The non-executive director team come from the private sector with experience of managing large or complex organisations and projects.
Non-executive directors provide advice and bring an external perspective to the department. They also provide support, guidance and challenge on the progress and implementation of operational business plans, recruitment and succession planning.