John Marshall, who has been on Barnet Council since 1998, is Chairman of the Conservative Group. He was mayor in 2008-09. He has enjoyed a varied career: originally a lecturer in political economy, he became a stockbroker in 1970. In 1999 he became a financial journalist on Shares magazine. He was MEP for London North 1979-89 and MP for Hendon South 1987-97. He served on the board of Beta Global Emerging Markets plc for 10 years. Now retired, he is the chair of two local charities, including the Blind and Partially Sighted Bowlers, and serves as a trustee for three other charities.