John Chave was educated at the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter in the UK. He holds postgraduate qualifications in law and economics. He has worked in legal practice on European Union law and healthcare law issues in London and Brussels. He was formerly Secretary General of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), a post he held from 2006 to 2015. Since then, he has been Director General of Cosmetics Europe. He was the first president of the European Medicines Verification Organisation. He has published and lectured widely on health, pharmaceutical and cosmetics regulation and policy.