Originally a Physicist, Jonathan developed an early passion for the heritage, first expressed in direct action volunteering to restore inland waterways at risk of closure and abandonment.
Long term commitment to the industrial heritage followed, and alongside that a career in developing and managing projects that establish new and viable uses for heritage assets, without which our national story and experience could never be complete.
Professionally Jonathan has worked in the brewing and coal mining industries. As the first executive leader of Dundee Heritage Trust he returned Royal Research Ship Discovery to Dundee and secured the acquisition and development of the listed flax and jute mill Verdant Works. His projects include River & Rowing Museum, Henley, Thinktank Science Centre, Birmingham, and as Commercial Manager for British Waterways Scotland, the Falkirk Wheel.
Clients of Jonathan’s management consulting company Roseangle include London Transport Museum, National Trust for Scotland, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Imperial War Museums, North Ayrshire Council and Carlisle City Council. He has recently been appointed chief executive officer at York Conservation Trust, a charitable property company which since 1945 has built up a portfolio of 100 listed freehold properties.
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Tourism Society. He was a founding director / trustee of the Association of Independent Museums and is a member of the Canal & River Trust’s museum advisory board. He is a Freeman of the Company & Watermen. His daughter rows regularly on the Clyde and has competed for Scotland.