Biography of John Hoskyns
Sir John Leigh Austin Hungerford Hoskyns (born August 1927) is best known as a Policy Advisor to Margaret Thatcher while head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from May 1979 and April 1982. Prior to this he acted as a Policy Adviser to her and the Shadow Cabinet from 1975–79, during which time he produced the important "Stepping Stones" report of November 1977.
Hoskyns was educated at Winchester College, an independent school in Winchester in Hampshire.
Hoskyns served as a regular soldier in the Rifle Brigade (1945–57). He then started a business career at IBM UK Ltd (1957–64), before founding the Hoskyns Group Ltd where he was Chairman and Managing Director (1964–75). He was Director-General of the Institute of Directors (1984–89), and served on the boards of a number of public companies.