John White has more than 36 years of continuous experience in industrial relations and human resource management, much of which was gained as a full-time trade union official. Since 1995 he has undertaken many projects either as a freelance or directly employed consultant providing practical and realistic help to small and medium businesses throughout the UK.
In 1995 he set up an Employment Law Department for Emsleys, an established firm of Solicitors with six West Yorkshire offices and undertook the care and conduct of all contentious and non-contentious employment work on behalf of the Senior Partners. In 1997 he was invited to become the Head of Employment Law at Langleys another firm of solicitors with major offices in both York and Lincoln, managing qualified solicitors, a paralegal, a trainee solicitor and two legal secretaries.
At the same time, he developed his own business interests which included a successful restaurant in Leeds and turning round an ailing manufacturing business in North Yorkshire.
Having started working life as an apprentice in Portsmouth’s Royal Dockyard, he became a Power Station Fitter and then a Quality Controller in an Engineering Company before graduating as a mature student from The Capel House Management Centre of Enfield College of Technology in 1971.
Since then he has held other important positions with The Ministry of Defence, the National and Local Government Officer’s Association and Unison before going into private practice.
At Croner Consulting he advised and assisted clients throughout the UK, undertaking employment audits, drafting the full range of employee documentation, defended Employment Tribunal claims and delivered Management Training Programmes. He concentrated on how proposals might best be implemented in terms of the practical and commercial reality in the ever-increasing competitive business world. This often required diplomatic and sensitive advice at board and senior management levels.
Currently he is a NIHR Patient Research Ambassador which is a voluntary role based at the IBD Unit of St James University Hospital Leeds.
Any role supporting the housing, health and social services sectors.