John Howard is a non-executive Member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.
He originally qualified as a solicitor but moved into broadcasting as a BBC television and radio presenter. He became one of the front line voices on Radio 4, championing consumer issues as principal presenter of the daily 'You and Yours' programme, as well as the legal series ‘Out of Court’ and the environment programme ‘Nature’ for BBC2 TV. He has won several broadcasting awards.
He was a Council Member of the consumer body ‘energywatch’ and an independent director of the Mortgage Code Compliance Board. For eight years he was a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, which he chaired from 2005 until 2008. He now provides strategic advice on communications issues and is a commentator on financial services. He is a non executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Service and of the National Counties Building Society.