A distinguished former diplomat, Sir John is now Director of The Ditchley Foundation and co-chair of the International Rescue Committee UK. . Having worked on the Lebanon and Middle East peace processes, he was awarded a knighthood in 1998 primarily for his role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement. He was Ambassador to Paris before becoming the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. It is the experience, knowledge and wisdom that he gained during his four years at the UN that form the basis for this book The Politics of Humanity – The Reality of Relief Aid, commissioned by Anthony Cheetham for Head of Zeus and published in March 2013.