Common Purpose and much else besides: Dr John Savage

New post  Tony Bennett Today at 10:27 pm
Introductory note: This post may have nothing whatsoever to do with the mystery of Joanna Yeates' murder; however, it does raise the question of why the contact address for 'Common Purpose' should be c/o Dr. John Savage.

He is obviously a very well connected man. 


'Common Purpose' has been discussed on the Madeleine McCann section of this forum.

It's a secretive group that move in high circles.

FWIW, the 'big cheese' of Bristol Common Purpose is Dr John Savage.

Common Purposes Bristol address is: Suite 5, Leigh Court Business Centre, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RA.

Same address as GWE Business West whose Chief Executive 
Dr John Savage, is listed on the Merchant Venturers site as a current member.


The Merchant Venturers are 'the united bigwigs of Bristol', see their impressive cast list below, which includes Dr John Savage.

There's no denying Dr John Savage is a true 'local worthy' - see the two articles about him below - even becoming the 'High Sheriff recently:

John Savage CBE

John Savage has a broad range of professional interests. These include GWE Business West, West of England Partnership, South West Learning and Skills Council, United Bristol Healthcare Trust, South West Regional Development Agency, Broadmead Board Limited, Destination Bristol, Bristol Harbourside Sponsors Group, Business Link Northern Arc, Bristol Cultural Development Partnership Limited, West of England Connexions, South West Chamber of Commerce Limited and Bristol Society. John’s charitable and community interests involve The Churches Council for Industrial and Social Responsibility, Enuresis Resource & Information Centre, The Grand Appeal, Young Bristol and Bristol Choral Society.


High Sheriff to reveal his life and times at church talk 

By jharding

Leading Bristol businessman Dr John Savage will be giving a talk about his life and work in Keynsham on September 1.

As a schoolboy in London Dr Savage thought he might be an Anglican priest when he grew up but his future lay in a different direction and today he is revered for his service to Bristol.

He spent 16 years in the food production industry before running his own international distribution company and a fleet of 60 lorries.

Later he became a managing director with the Associated Newspaper Group and since 1989 he has been the Chief Executive of The Bristol Initiative and, from February 1993, Chief Executive of theBristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, following the merger of the two bodies.

Assisted by a group of senior public and private sector leaders, he leads an organisation dedicated to promoting partnership between local government, industry and commerce in order to advance a vision of Bristol as a leading European city.

Most recently the Bristol, Gloucestershire and Bath Chambers of Commerce have merged with Business Link West to form Business West, under John Savage's leadership.

He is keen to advance educational standards in the city and he is chairman of the West of England Learning and Skills Council, the West of England Learning Consortium and of the Bristol 14 to 19 Education Campus among others.

As well as championing education, Dr Savage plays a key role in advancing the economic, charitable, and cultural life of Bristol.

He was awarded a CBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for serving business and to regeneration in the South West and was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of the West of England in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the City of Bristol and to the West of England.

Dr Savage, now the High Sheriff of Bristol, has a strong Christian faith and will be speaking at Keynsham Baptist Church on September 1 at 7.30pm as part of their First Tuesday service.

Each month on the first Tuesday the church invites various speakers to talk about themselves and their work. There is also a small act of worship.

The event is open for anyone to attend whether they are of faith or of no faith. Reverend Mick Standbridge said: "All are welcome to come along and listen to what promises to be an inspirational talk from a man who has done so much in his life for the good of others."

Current membership list of The Merchant Venturers:

Ross Ancell

Nick Bacon

John Baker

Robert Bernays OBE

Chris Booy OBE

Michael Bothamley

Simon Brooks

Anthony Brown

Andrew Burn MC

Denis Burn

Gillian Camm

Giles Clarke

Simon Cooper

Jacqueline Cornish OBE

Chris Curling

Alastair Currie

Roderick Davidson

Robert Davis

Andrew Densham CBE

Charles Densham

James Eberle

Prof. Eric Thomas

George Ferguson CBE

David Freed

Andrew Garrad

Colin Green CBE

Francis Greenacre

Charles Griffiths

John Harvey

Michael Hill MBE

Jim Hood

Nick Hood CBE

Tom Hood

Richard Johnson

Tony Kenny

Charles Laws

John Laycock

David Marsh

Geoff Matthews

Dayrell McArthur

James McArthur

Peter McCarthy

Joe McGeehan

Peter McIlwraith

Bob McKinlay CBE

David Medlock

Terrence Mordaunt

Karen Morgan OBE

Alfred Morris CBE

Andrew Nisbet

David Ord

David Parkes

Stephen Parsons

Chris Patterson

Tim Pearce

Mark Pitman

John Pontin OBE

Mary Prior MBE

Andrew Reid

Peter Rilett

Tim Ross

John Savage CBE

Colin Skellett

Trevor Smallwood OBE

Roger Smedley MBE

Alan Tasker

Christopher Thomas CBE

Sir James Tidmarsh KCVO MBE

Jonathan Webb

Sir David Wills Bt

Moger Woolley

Andrew Yates

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