John Morrison

John Morrison

Acting Chief Executive


John has advised a number of governments, intergovernmental organisations, and businesses on human rights and wider issues of sustainability, development, and international affairs. His most recent book is "The Social License”, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2014, and he has published widely on issues relating to corporate responsibility, human rights, refugee protection, and human trafficking.

John also sits on the UK Foreign Secretary's Human Rights Advisory Group and has been a Harkness Fellow to the USA. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 most influential people worldwide on the issue of eliminating modern day slavery.

Current work

John has been Chief Executive of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) since its formation in 2009, and is currently Acting Chief Executive of the Centre until the end of 2018. John commenced IHRB’s work on Sport and Human Rights in 2012 and has the led the global strategy, outreach and fundraising behind the formation of the Centre. A full-time Chief Executive for the Centre will be appointed early in 2019.

Previous Experience

John directed the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (2003-9), was Head of Public Affairs for The Body Shop International (2000-3), and before this worked in the field of refugee protection (in relation to the former Yugoslavia and on issues of human trafficking). 

Many years ago, John graduated in European Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield (UK) and has since been trained in (and taught) international human rights law, refugee law, and business administration. 

He has lived and worked in a number of countries, is moderately fluent in Spanish and much less fluent in a number of other languages.