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CEO John to bid farewell to Mensa

British Mensa’s chief executive, John Stevenage, is to leave the organisation early next year, after more than 20 years at the helm of our administrative office.

John joined the team following a very turbulent period in our society, and brought competence, much-needed stability and a business-centred approach to Mensa and its activities.

John has co-ordinated the running of Mensa in all its aspects, and with all its various challenges, including a vast expansion of both its social and intellectual pursuits, developing commercial opportunities, promoting the Mensa brand, and advising the board.

It was a markedly different world when John was appointed in 1999, with the (very few) individuals venturing on to the internet dependent on dial-up, and the introduction of Facebook still half a decade away; during his tenure the society has been transformed into a community which interacts equally comfortably both in person and online.

John has also been the ‘public face’ of Mensa, including representing Mensa with various likeminded bodies including GT Voice, Above and Beyond, Memberwise and Potential Plus UK.

John has taken the decision to leave now to allow his successor to be involved right from the start in some key projects that the board has in the pipeline. He will be remaining in post until his successor has been appointed, early next year, and a handover has taken place.

I’d like to take this opportunity, however, to express my appreciation, and that of the rest of the board, to John, for his many years of dedicated service, and to wish him all the very best for the future. John, you’ll be a hard act to follow!

Recruitment for John’s replacement is being handled by Berwick Partners. If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for the role then application is online at or, if unable to apply online, then via email to . All applications will be sent an automated response to confirm receipt.

Chris Leek   
Chairman, British Mensa