John Borton has worked continuously in the international disaster and humanitarian sector since 1981. His roles have focussed on programme planning and evaluation, research, organisational and inter-organisational learning, organisational strategy, network development, and capacity building.

During his 11 years as a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute he: established and was the initial co-ordinator of the Relief and Rehabilitation Network (now the Humanitarian Practice Network); led the Study III (humanitarian) team of the Joint Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda (JEEAR); led the creation of both the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), of which he was its coordinator for the first five years. Since leaving ODI he has worked as independent consultant within the humanitarian sector undertaking a variety of research, capacity development, and evaluation and writing roles. For 9 years he was the Learning Support Advisor to the ACT/Caritas funded NCA Darfur Programme. His role for NutritionWorks has focussed on supporting DFID’s evaluation processes through the EQUALS programme.

John has a first degree in Geography (Oxford) and a Masters in Agricultural Economics (Reading). His voluntary roles have included serving as a Trustee and Council member of Oxfam GB (1998-2000) as a Trustee and Independent Board Member of the UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) (1998-2002). He is currently a Trustee and Area Convenor for Herts Welcomes Syrian Families – a charity supporting 50 Syrian families being resettled in Hertfordshire.