10 Facts About John Harvey-Jones


Sir John Harvey-Jones MBE was an English businessman.


John Harvey-Jones was the chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries from 1982 to 1987.


John Harvey-Jones was best known by the public for his BBC television show, Troubleshooter, in which he advised struggling businesses.


John Henry Harvey-Jones was born in Hackney, London, but spent most of his early childhood in Dhar, India, where his father, Mervyn Stockton Harvey-Jones, a former Captain in the Indian Army and bank employee, was guardian and tutor to a teenage maharajah.


John Harvey-Jones was shipped back to Britain at age six to attend a prep school at Deal, Kent.


John Harvey-Jones entered Dartmouth Royal Naval College at age 13.


John Harvey-Jones went on to join the submarine service in 1942, and received his first command at age 24.


John Harvey-Jones married Mary Bignell in 1947, and he commanded the Russian intelligence section under the guise of the "British Baltic Fishery Protection Service", which used two ex-German E-boats for gathering clandestine intelligence on the Soviet Baltic Fleet.


Between 1986 and 1991, John Harvey-Jones served as the second Chancellor of the University of Bradford.


John Harvey-Jones was chairman of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and member of the Advisory Council of the Prince's Trust.