John Kennedy is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He founded John Kennedy Civil Engineering in 1961 and built the company into one of the most successful construction and engineering businesses in the UK. John sold the company in the 1990s to a major international corporation and focussed on assisting the growth of a range of new enterprises while also creating the John Kennedy Charitable Foundation which has invested in tremendous causes throughout the UK, Africa and South America including the Epiphany Trust.
He founded the annual John Kennedy Lecture at the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University while also sitting on the governing body of Liverpool John Moores University.
Awarded the CBE in 2003, John who was raised and educated in County Mayo in Ireland, was honoured with a Papal Knighthood from John Paul the Second in 2005. Both honours acknowledged his unique and persistent contribution to civil life and to charities at home and abroad. He was entered into the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great in 2006 by the Bishop of Shrewsbury and later into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George in a special ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in 1997. He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 1997.
He sums up his philosophy as ‘Those of us who are blessed with success have a duty and responsibility to assist and guide those who require encouragement and support to succeed and be self-sufficient wherever possible’.