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8 February 2023

Club News


8 February 2023

BURTON Albion and Burton Albion Community Trust are mourning the loss of Honorary Club President John Jackson who died on February 4 aged 88.

John took up the new role last year after stepping down as Chairman of BACT, a role he had performed with distinction for the previous seven years.

He was appointed as the trust’s first independent Chairman in 2015 and oversaw the growth and increasing impact of BACT.

During his time as BACT Chairman, Burton Albion was twice named Midlands Community Club of the Year – in 2015/16 and 2016/17.  

Employing and nurturing the right people was a key aspect for BACT under John and this was recognised in 2017 when the charity was named the Burton Mail Employer of the Year, which was further acknowledged with Investors in People Gold recognition in 2020.

John was instrumental in bringing a royal visit to BACT in 2018, when HRH the Duke of Gloucester came to the Pirelli Stadium.

Under John’s guidance BACT received the Burton Civic Society Olga Lloyd Award for positive impact on opportunities for young people through sporting activity in 2019.

And perhaps most importantly John oversaw BACT’s pandemic response with the Pirelli Stadium becoming a Covid-19 Vaccination Centre from December 2020.

John Jackson OBE JP DL was born in 1934 and was educated in Derbyshire and Leicestershire and with the RAF before going into Estate Management as a Trainee Surveyor in 1952. He worked for Quantity Surveyors Allsebrook and Hadley in Birmingham before joining William C Inman and Partners (London) as a Senior Surveyor in 1963 and then became Manager of their West Midlands Regional Office.  He spent 37 years with this practice becoming a Partner in 1974, Senior Partner in 1985 and finally Chairman in 1999.

His military service was as a member for over 25 years of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch), ultimately retiring as Squadron Leader.

He was a Magistrate for more than 20 years including four years as a Bench Chairman. He was member of Rotary International and a Member of the National Executive of Round Table British Isles. He was a Freeman of the City of London. He was also Chairman of Trent and Dove Housing Association until very recently.

His voluntary work was recognised with the award of an OBE. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2004, moving to the Supplemental List in 2009.

His first wife Margaret died several years ago, and he leaves behind his second wife Pat.

Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: “We have lost an incredibly important figure at Burton Albion who has made an enormous impact on the club and our community trust.

“John was well known and respected in the wider community and well-loved by everybody at the Pirelli Stadium and he will be greatly missed.

“We are all deeply saddened by his loss and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his widow Pat, his sons Andrew and Alistair and their families.”

Phil Pusey took over as BACT Chairman from John.

He said: “John had been at the helm of BACT's growth and development over a number of years. I will remember him as great company, a wonderful story-teller and communicator, who could hold an audience spellbound as a wordsmith.  He had a presence which is difficult to quantify in words.  I am sure all of us will have memories of John from working alongside him.

“He was kind, generous, supportive and inclusive.  It goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”



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