John is director of market relations and climate change lead at the World Gold Council (WGC), leading its climate change research programme and supporting its wider engagement with member and stakeholder organisations.
Additionally, he contributes to the organisation’s wider insight and communication outputs to improve understanding of the whole gold supply chain.
John has written extensively and comments regularly on gold market dynamics, investment strategy and sustainability issues. Recently, he has been responsible for the production of key research on the socio-economic impacts of gold mining and is currently focused on developing the WGC’s work on the relationship between gold and climate change.
John joined the WGC in early 2005, working initially on investment research and then, from 2007, as investment marketing manager, specifically addressing institutional and HNW investors.
He has worked in or around the financial markets for over 25 years, including senior roles in business development, product management, trading systems and market analysis.
Beyond the financial markets, John has consulted on research, business analysis and knowledge management projects for a range of clients, from small businesses to supranational organisations.
John has degrees from the University of Sussex and Birkbeck College, University of London.
The World Gold Council is the market development organisation for the gold industry. Its purpose is to stimulate and sustain demand for gold, provide industry leadership, and be the global authority on the gold market.
The gold market has undergone significant change over the past two decades, becoming larger, stronger and more widely understood. The WGC has been a key player in many of the initiatives that have driven that change, such as the liberalisation of the gold market in China and the rapid rise of demand in the East. The group has also increased recognition of gold as a financial asset across a wide spectrum of market segments, supported by physically-backed gold product innovations.
In these times of extreme uncertainty and rapid change, the WGC enables nations, investors and households worldwide to protect their financial futures by deploying gold’s unique qualities
· The constant of value
· A highly liquid yet scarce asset
· A safe haven in uncertain times
· An uncorrelated risk diversifier
· A hedge against fiat currency depreciation.
WGC members are the world’s leading and most forward-thinking gold mining companies. For them, the WGC initiates actions that will underpin their value, protect their reputation and expand their influence. In recent years, the group has produced guidance, research and practical tools to allow gold miners to report production costs in a more comprehensive and consistent manner. The WGC has supported them to operate responsibly and with transparency in potentially high risk or conflict-affected areas, and to be able to demonstrate their significant contribution to social and economic development.
Based in the UK, with operations in India, China, Singapore and the US, the WGC is the lead for the gold industry worldwide.