Neil Johnson is currently Chairman of Synthomer plc (formerly named Yule Catto & Co plc), Motability Operations Group plc, a major finance and leasing company owned by the UK banks and e2v plc. He was previously Chairman of the international model and toy company Hornby Plc, Umeco Plc, the aerospace and defence advanced composites engineering company and RSM Tenon Group plc. He was formerly CEO of the RAC and has participated in a number of ‘turnaround’ situations of listed and private companies. He Chaired telematics company Cybit Plc through IPO and ultimate sale to a US Private Equity house in 2010. After directing the European automotive interests of British Aerospace, he served a term as Director General of the Engineers Employers Federation (EEF) and later set up a Trans-Atlantic trade and business promotion body, British-American Business Inc.
Welsh born, he was educated in Cardiff and later at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Following an early career in the Army he took on a series of senior roles within Lex Service Group, British Leyland, Jaguar and Land Rover. In the mid ’80s he was seconded to the Ministry of Defence and Commanded 4th Battalion The Royal Green Jackets, then forming part of 12th Armoured Brigade in Germany. He currently sits on a Ministry of Defence Advisory Board, is Trustee of a number of Charitable bodies and was, until 2012, an Independent Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority.