Johnnie Johnson already had his own glittering wartime career as his monument to history when he formed the business back in 1969 and badged it with his own name. This was not arrogance or egotism. Johnnie did not need bricks and mortar to leave his mark in the world. But in doing so he fixed his personal colours to the enterprise, endowing it with his own brand of enthusiasm, energy and courage, and giving it the intensely personal style which he then embodied as its leader for the next 20 years.
The original voluntary Committee of Management consisted of conscripts from Johnnie’s RAF days (including Sir Douglas Bader), but has developed into a business-like Board of high calibre, strengthened by the involvement of our own residents.