Mr John Hattam was Admitted and Installed as a Lay Canon of York Minster and a member of the Chapter of York on Thursday 6 September. The Admission took place in a private ceremony in the Chapter House and was followed by John’s Installation during Choral Evensong in the Quire at 5.15pm, which everyone was welcome to attend.
The College of Canons consists of clergy and lay people drawn from across the Diocese of York. Its principal function is to be ‘the voice of the Diocese’ in the Corporate Body’s policy discussions, and to assist Chapter in developing closer ties between the Minster and the parishes of the Diocese, especially through Chapter’s programme of outreach and engagement work.
John is an experienced commercial professional with extensive senior sales and marketing experience in both blue chip multinationals and smaller companies.
Since 2007 he has run his own training business and delivered training on negotiation, leadership and many other subjects to more than a dozen blue chip companies in the UK, Europe, the United States, and the Far East as well as building a successful consulting business with private sector clients in areas including sales training and coaching; new business, product, and customer development; and business turnaround.
He has also worked in the public and third sectors delivering behaviour change programmes for a range of clients including local authorities and health commissioners.
From 2008 to 2014 he was a non-executive director on a local NHS Trust, where he chaired the Performance & Finance Committee and was the senior independent director. John chairs the Governing Body of Archbishop Holgate’s School, an outstanding school in York. He is also Chair of the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust Board. Pathfinder is a highly successful trust that is committed to improving outcomes for the nearly 4,000 young people who attend its nine schools. John has been involved in school governance for over fifteen years and regularly works for local authorities on a commissioned basis to improve governance and outcomes in schools across Yorkshire. He also delivers training courses, licensed by the National College, for current and aspiring governing body Chairs on behalf of the National Governance Association.
More recently he has become fascinated by the potential of simple businesses to alleviate poverty in the developing world and has spent some pro bono time in Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria exploring this. He also owns and runs H C Wines, a wine importing and retailing business. In his spare time he enjoys reading, wine, long distance walking, playing the piano and backgammon. He has three grown up children and is a communicant member of Heworth Christ Church where he and his wife have worshipped since 1989.