Jackson has 30 years experience in the leisure industry having joined Whitbread in 1973. As managing director of the Whitbread restaurant division he was responsible for the creation and development of the Beefeater, Travel Inn and TGI Friday brands and was responsible for the company's international restaurant development.
He became executive chairman of The Restaurant Group in 2001 and non-executive chairman in 2006.
Letter to the Telegraph
On 1 April 2015 Jackson was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.
- Playtech Board and governance, accessed 3 April 2015.
- Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 3 April 2015.