Profile - The IFT

John Playfair

Role: Chief Restructuring Officer, Adviser / Consultant / Coach, Chairman

View Documents: JP CV.pdf


John is Managing Partner of Playfair Partnerships, a firm that he founded in 1992. He has extensive experience in improving the performance and strategic development of owner-managed businesses, as well as monitoring and advising on the financial position of a number of organisations. He also has a long track record in turning around businesses in financial difficulty. John’s background is in financial and general management and he has wide ranging industry experience including the legal, construction, manufacturing, engineering and service sectors. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Member of the Institute for Turnaround and a board member of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, as well as a non-executive director for a number of SME companies.

Prior to forming Playfair Partnerships, John worked predominantly for quoted companies, mainly in finance roles in both the UK and overseas and his former companies include ICI, Tarmac, Wilkinson Sword, Rockwell Automation and Davis Service Group (now Berendsen) – where he was finance director of the main operating company and oversaw the modernisation of that business as well as significant growth in both turnover and profit.

Organisation Type
  • Family/Private
  • Private Equity Backed
Average Company Size (£Million)
  • > 5
  • > 25
  • > 100
  • Services
  • Other
  • Infrastructure, Building & Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Leisure
  • Legal