Sir John Sorrell CBE
Co-Founder & President | Co-Founder & Chairman
London Design Biennal | London Design Festival · UK
John Sorrell has championed the UK’s creative industries for more than 50 years.
He is a designer, producer and entrepreneur and has had various roles and appointments in the private and public sectors.
In 2003, he founded the London Design Festival, and in 2016, the London Design Biennale, both of which have become blueprint events for showcasing the most exciting international design and creative thinking.
He was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 1998. From 2009 to 2019, John served as a UK Business Ambassador, appointed by successive prime ministers to help champion the UK’s creative industries sector overseas.
John was appointed CBE in 1996 and was awarded a Knighthood for service to the creative industries in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List.