John GriffinHonorary Chairman
John Griffin is a distinguished businessman and philanthropist. He founded Addison Lee in 1975 with just one car, and nearly 40 years later sold the company in 2013 to The Carlyle Group for £360 million. He left school with no qualifications after contracting tuberculosis as a child and went on to have an illustrious career, including serving as founder and chairman of the Private Hire Car Association. He is an Enterprise Fellow of The Prince’s Trust, committed to supporting and inspiring the next generation of British business leaders, and Chairman of Finito, which provides one-to-one mentoring, coaching and guidance to those starting out on the career ladder.
In 2009, John was presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year award by global accounting firm Ernst & Young, and in 2013 was named The Irish Post’s first Business Person of the Year. In 2014, he established The John Griffin Foundation as a focus for his growing charitable and philanthropic activities, and he has since committed more than £15 million to building The Griffin Institute at Northwick Park Hospital.