John Whitaker "has a background in private sector marketing businesses. He became Deputy Director and Marketing Director of Oxfam GB from 1992 to 2004. He was on the board of the Fairtrade Foundation between 1994 and 2005. He is now a consultant to a number of not-for-profit organisations and holds non-executive positions with organisations including the International Broadcasting Trust, the Ethical Property Company, BUILD (the international linking body) and the Ethical Property Foundation." 
"For twenty years he has worked in the charity sector and his current roles include Chair of BUILD (Building Understanding through Links for International Development); Non-Executive Director at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund; Chair of the Board at the International Broadcasting Trust; Non-Executive Director at The Ethical Property Company Limited and Chair of the Board at the Ethical Property Foundation. Previous roles include Non-Executive Director at Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS) Ltd. and Chair at the Fairtrade Foundation.
"From 1992 to 2004 he was Deputy Director of Oxfam GB. His early career was in marketing and strategic management in the private sector. He was Managing Director at AGB Market Information and Marketing Director of A C Nielsen."