John Lehal

John Lehal

John joined UpRising as our Interim 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.