John Lehal

John Lehal

John joined UpRising as our CEO in April 2019, although he has a longstanding history of supporting our work.  John advised UpRising around our 10th anniversary, provided mentoring support and has addressed our leadership programme.

John has a background in business. He founded Insight Consulting Group in 2006, and ran the consultancy for eleven years until its acquisition. In 2018 John embarked on a freelance career advising business and charities on strategy, reputation and growth. He is Vice-Chair of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, a charity providing training and mentoring to encourage black, Asian and ethnic minority graduates to pursue a career in communications. John is also Treasurer of the Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service, and Director of Pop-Up Projects, a Community Interest Company advancing children’s literary.

John frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on issues relating to politics and public policy. He is a regular commentator and media pundit on issues relating to business, Brexit and politics. He chaired an independent commission on diversity and broadening access to jobs in media, communications and politics. 

Contact: john.lehal@uprising.org.uk