Luke Johnson studied physiology at Oxford University, graduating in 1983. In 1993 he took control of PizzaExpress with partners and subsequently became Chairman. He grew the business from 12 restaurants to over 250. Later he started the Strada restaurant concept from scratch. He co-founded the UK’s largest chain of dental surgeries, Integrated Dental Holdings, in 1996.
He currently part owns and chairs Patisserie Valerie, Gail’s artisan bakeries, Neilson Holidays and various other hospitality and leisure businesses.
Past roles include: Chairman of Channel 4 Television Corporation (2004-2010); Governor of The University of the Arts London (2000-2006); and Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts (2009-2012).
Luke is currently Chairman of The Institute of Cancer Research; Stage One, a charity in support of new producers of quality commercial theatre; the Bishopsgate Institute; and StartUp Britain, a national campaign in support of entrepreneurship.