Judge Profile

Sir John Hood

President and CEO, Robertson Foundation

Sir John Hood is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation and Chair of the Rhodes Trust. He also serves as a director on the Boards of BG Group, plc and of WPP plc; and as Chairman of Urenco Limited, Matakina Limited, and Study Group Limited. 

In addition to these appointments, Sir John serves on the Boards of Teach For All, the Fletcher Trust, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the Kawharu Foundation, and the Said Business School Foundation; he also serves on Advisory Boards for Lund University, Singapore Management University, the African Leadership Academy and the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division.

From 2004 to 2009, Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 1999 to 2004. 

Sir John earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Auckland. Upon completing his doctorate, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. There he read for an MPhil in Management Studies and was a member of Worcester College.  Sir John has been appointed a Knight Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit.