John Wood joined Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills LLP), the city and international law firm, in 1972 and was a partner from 1982 to 2007. From 2008 to 2014 he was a legal board member of the Charity Commission for England and Wales and its interim chair in 2012. He continued as a board consultant with the Charity Commission from 2014 to 2017. He was appointed as a member of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives in 2018.
Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments
The role of the committee is to:
- provide independent advice to the Prime Minister on the application of the government’s Business Appointment Rules to the most senior members of the Civil Service, armed forces, diplomatic service, and intelligence agencies who wish to take up appointments within 2 years of leaving Crown service
- provide independent advice directly to former ministers on appointments they wish to take up within 2 years of leaving government