John P. Leighfield CBE is a British IT industry businessman and was previously chairman of RM plc from 1993 until 2011.
Currently, John is a Director of Getmapping, the UK’s leading supplier of aerial photography, mapping products and data hosting solutions. He is also Chairman of Governors of the WMG Academy for Young Engineers (a UTC).
He was born in Oxford, England, and was a pupil at Magdalen College School. He then read Greats at Exeter College, Oxford. He has an MA from Oxford, Honorary Doctorates from the University of Central England in Birmingham (DUniv), from De Montford University (DTech), from Wolverhampton University (DTech) and from the University of Warwick (DLL). He is a Fellow of the RSA, RGS, CMI, IET and BCS.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 1998, John was appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. In 2006 Leighfield was awarded the Mountbatten Medal.