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John has a great grasp of the current challenges in education and articulates these well and persuasively...
Dominic Fry, Director of Communications at Marks & Spencer
www.marksandspencer.com
John is an outstanding personality, full of energy, enthusiasm and wit, who sets extremely high standards and always delivers on his promises. His passion for lifelong learning and long experience of working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds make him a skilled and sensitive coach and manager. John is a natural and visionary leader who inspires others and helps them achieve their full potential.
Jacqueline Collier Jespersen, Branding and Market Research Professional
John is an exceptional person. I never stop being surprised with his energy, vitality and determination with which he carries his massive responsibility. I am honoured to be associated with the Award Program and it gives me a great satisfaction to be able to work with John as its leader.
Jiri Zrust, Managing Director at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe)
Successful not-for-profit organizations run themselves in a businesslike way, planning strategically, and making themselves properly accountable for their actions and impact. John May is just the sort of person a good not-for-profit needs. I have worked with him for the last five years and greatly value his passion for helping young people succeed, his strategic and management skills and his ability to get disparate groups of people to work in partnership. John May makes things happen.
Sir Winfried Bischoff, Former Chairman, Lloyds Banking Group
I have always found John to be a person of passion and inspiration in the area of maximising potential. He is friendly, a strong communicator yet has a steely determination for achieving what is right for the development of others.
Joel Blake, Entrepreneur, Corporate Governance Practitioner
www.linkedin.com/in/joelgrahamblake
John is an inspiring colleague and leader. In 1995, Scouting and Guiding together took more young people to an overseas event than ever before (World Scout Jamboree). Working with him for 2 years in the run-up was an exceptional experience for me - although Guiding sent fewer girls, I felt equally valued and included in all the planning. Balancing the needs of the young people and leaders was achieved with great finesse and the event was a huge success for all the UK particpants.
Helen Welsh, Girlguiding UK
www.girlguiding.org.uk
Having worked with John on various charitable causes I cannot speak highly enough of the work he does...
Steve Garnett, Chairman, EMEA, Salesforce.com
www.salesforce.com
John is an inspiration, a strong leader and a world class expert in his field with a passion for non formal education and seeing the potential in young people. It has been a pleasure to have known and worked with John in a voluntary and professional capacity over a number of years. His ability to connect with people of all ages, from all walks of life makes him very special. A true gentlemen, he speaks from the heart and I always feel refreshed and re-invigorated after meeting him.
Caroline Ledger, Surrey, UK
John is quite simply an inspiration. He has been responsible for improving the life chances of a vast number of young people who might otherwise have missed out on the chance to build a career for themselves. He is affable, committed and always positive and enthused about his role which makes working with him a very rewarding partnership.
Alan Thornburrow, CEO, Scottish Investment Operations
www.sio.org.uk/
I have always found John to be a person of passion and inspiration in the area of maximising potential. He is friendly, a strong communicator yet has a steely determination for achieving what is right for the development of others.
Joel Blake, Entrepreneur, Corporate Governance Practitioner
www.linkedin.com/in/joelgrahamblake
John is a great person to work with. He is inspiring, knows non-profit management and campaigning. John communicates well with all different kinds of people. He is a true connector and makes people smile a lot! He knows the difference between being serious and acting seriously!
Cees Pille, Stafmedewerker at Vereniging van Verf- en Drukinktfabrikanten
www.vvvf.nl/
John is committed to making a difference for young people and he lives this as well as talks this. Moreover, my experience is that an organisation he runs will be highly professional, hard-working, and demand the same quality from their customers and partners as they will provide themselves. I moved into teaching to provide opportunities for pupils they wouldn't have had otherwise. Because of John, it has not been a wasted move...
Paul Goldsmith, Head of Year 10, Economics & Politics teacher at Latymer Upper School
paulgoldsmithteach.blogspot.co.uk/
John May wears his obvious enthusiasm for Youth Development and Organisational Vision on his sleeve when he presents. Listening to John speak at The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Americas Regional AGM in The Bahamas not only brought clarity to how The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Association was going to meet its Vision and Mission, but made the entire room excited to be a part of if all!

Beware if you have the opportunity to hear him present - his enthusiasm and energy are infectious and his quick humour will have you rolling in the aisles - or in our case, the isles!

Tina Nash, Bermuda
www.theaward.bm
John is a great organizer, who keeps focus; yet is open to new inputs and ideas. He is sensitive to different cultures and keeps everyone happy while the ball is rolling...
Lars Kolind, Chairman, Jacob Jensen Holding
John has been great at developing cross sectoral relationships between business, public and voluntary sectors. This understanding of balancing the needs and aspirations of all partners is one of the reason he has been so successful in developing campaigns and organisations.
Emma Price-Thomas, Business in the Community
www.bitc.org.uk