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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
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 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 is an adept strategic thinker, leader and people manager. His engaging and conscientious work ethic is exemplary.
Alf Desire, Country Director, Ireland at British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/
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 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
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 exceptional and inspiring leader and a major authority on youth education and development in this country and around the world. In addition to his track record of transformational leadership in a number of significant organisations, John is well known and respected as a public speaker.

He has remarkable foresight and imagination, is never afraid to tackle difficult questions, and can bring the sometimes remote concept of strategy to life. This is perhaps because he connects ideas with people and people with ideas incredibly effectively.

His considerable talents are both impressive and inspiring: he is a man with a mission and a message who not only delivers them with gusto but weaves them into his everyday life; a teacher in the truest sense.

His is the sort of infectious and practical wisdom, integrity and creativity that organisations need in abundance in today’s world. The great thing is that John and the organisations he leads are on the frontline of helping generations to come to be the best they can be. It strikes me as not bad mission to have.

I count myself personally amongst the thousands of young people he has helped.

Dan Wood, Head of Strategic Service Improvement of a large public sector organisation
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 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
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
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