Professor Gus John has been a committed educationalist and learning facilitator since 1965.
He is a Director of All Africa Advisors Ltd, the former Director of Education and Leisure Services for the London Borough of Hackney, Co-Founder and Patron of the Communities Empowerment Network and Interim Chair of its campaigning arm, Parents and Students Empowerment (PaSE).
His extensive experience includes:
– advising the former British Home Secretary, Jack Straw, on race and social inclusion;
– providing consultancy to the former Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, on deaths in custody of African-Caribbean and Irish men;
– external evaluator for The Law Society on their performance in implementing equality and human rights legislation and growing a culture of equity across the solicitors’ profession;
– conducting an independent comparative case review for the Solicitors Regulation Authority into the disproportionate number of Black and Global Majority solicitors and law firms that were intervened and/or shut down by that regulator;
– chairing the Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Working Group for the Legal Education and Training Review
– providing executive coaching to politicians, CEOs, the civil service and NGOs;
– developing and delivering education and, ‘future leaders’ programmes for young people, personal development training for teachers and students and for young offenders and lecturing in education policy;
– advising on corporate social responsibility, investment programmes, education, health and community development to enable foreign inward investors to invest in local people, deliver training and build capacity to reduce poverty, create wealth and grow new markets;
– advising British, Caribbean and African governments on youth and criminal justice to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and now the Sustainable Development Goals relating to schooling, education and youth;
– conducting social audits, research and programme evaluation of schools, colleges, universities, health authorities for central, regional and local government and funding councils to assist them in promoting equity and human rights and in managing change;
– conducting scoping studies and drawing up delivery plans for sustainable development projects in Africa and the Caribbean;
– developing restorative justice models for use with young people involved in cyber bullying, gangs and cults for schools and communities in Britain and Africa.
His other activities include:
– working with the African Union (African Diaspora Reunification Project) since 2006, including leading an education commission, attending the Inter-Ministerial Conference in Johannesburg in November 2007 and Pretoria in 2011 to report on issues arising from the work of the Commission. Involved since in advising member states in Africa and the Caribbean (Cameroon, Somaliland, Lagos Sate Government, Jamaica) in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals related to education and youth;
– membership of the African Union’s Technical Committee of Experts on economic, political, social and cultural cooperation between African governments and civil society organisations in the African Diaspora;
– being an acknowledged authority on equity and human rights, community development, employment creation and social affairs among the African Diaspora community in Britain and Europe;
– providing consultancy to the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council and to the Methodist Church on implementing Equality & Human Rights legislation and growing a culture of equity and inclusiveness across the church.
Gus has also been a member of the following:
– Council of the Institute of Race Relations (1970-1974);
– British Council of Churches Community and Race Relations Unit (1973-80);
– Churches Commission for Racial Justice (1996-2005);
– Member of Channel 4’s ‘Street Weapons Commission’;
– Committee for Minority Ethnic Angelican Concerns