Originally an economist and financial journalist, he has spent the last 33 years working in information technology, primarily in the financial sector.
He was named CIO of the Year by Waters Magazine in 2003, CIO Innovator of the Year by the European Technology Forum in 2004, European Innovator of the Year by Innovate in 2005; in 2007 and 2008, he was listed in Silicon.com's Agenda Setters as one of technology's 50 most influential people; in 2009 and 2010, he made the Wired 100 and was ranked 18th in 2010. More recently, he was ranked 4th in Computer Weekly's 2013 list of the most influential people in IT.
He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Trustee of the Web Science Trust and a Trustee of the Computer History Museum.
Prior to joining Salesforce.com he served as Chief Scientist at BT plc (2006-10); before that he was global CIO at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, where he worked from 1997 to 2006. Prior to that, he worked at a number of leading multinational organizations, in the technology space.
JP is also a venture partner with Anthemis Group; he is on the advisory board of Byte Night, a charity helping youth homeless, and serves on the management board of his local church, Kings Church International.
JP is a popular keynote speaker at conferences, specializing in the future of work, disruptive technologies and innovation, particularly with reference to the enterprise. His blog, confusedofcalcutta.com, is particularly popular with enterprise technologists; he tweets as @jobsworth, and has a steady following there.
His TED talk "Information is food" has been viewed over 400,000 times. He also contributed a chapter to the 10th Anniversary edition of the best-selling Cluetrain Manifesto, and to a number of other books on technology, work and gaming. He is passionate about his family, 60s and early 70s music, books, cooking, education, and information.