Jonathan was educated at Terrington, Oundle and Newcastle Polytechnic Business School, where he gained a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing. He joined the family business, the Bayford group of companies in 1988 and performed various sales and marketing roles before becoming Chief Executive in 2001.
Under his leadership turnover rose from £100m to over £420m, becoming the largest independent oil distribution company in the UK. He bought and successfully sold the UK’s largest independent petrol retailer – the assets included 412 service stations – expanded the Gulf and Total UK brands in the UK and developed the Fuelcard Company from scratch before selling it on. His recent projects include a £5.5m renovation and development of Bowcliffe Hall to incorporate a new conference centre, two housing developments elsewhere and plans for a new motorway service station. He won the Business XL Magazine Family Business of the Year Award and Acquirer of the Year Award and was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Bayford have held their Investor in People status for more than a decade, and featured strongly in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for two consecutive years. Jonathan is a former parent and has contributed vast amounts of his time, energy, enthusiasm and resources to the school since he became a governor in 2007.