John McTernan

Senior Vice President


John McTernan is Senior Vice President and Head of International Political, based in London.

A highly regarded strategist, John’s focus is expanding PSB’s political campaign management and polling work around the world and providing public affairs and political analysis to PSB’s corporate clients as needed.

Prior to joining PSB, John was a columnist and writer for The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times and The Times. An experienced political strategist, he was formerly Director of Political Operations for the former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair; Director of Communications for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard; and Chief of Staff to Scottish Labour Party Leader Jim Murphy. John has worked on numerous campaigns across Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, he was Thinker in Residence for the Government of South Australia and Head of Policy for the Scottish Government.

John has appeared frequently in the media, including on the BBC and Sky News, as well as served as a commentator for a wide range of newspapers.

John began his career as a professional librarian before becoming a political staffer. He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sheffield.