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John Fairbairn

John Fairbairn (Trustee)
Trustee

John Fairbairn

Founder and Managing Director of 3PS Partners. John has 15 years experience as an entrepreneur and early-stage investor; Director of IMET2000 International Medical Education Trust; Trustee of Thresh a performing arts collaborative. He is particularly interested in education and information technology. Trustee since 2011.


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