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Jonathan Blanchard Smith

marketing director and fellow

Jonathan is a hands-on, adaptable and highly experienced executive with particular expertise in strategy within fluid global environments.

He is currently chairman of the Natural Resources Forum, is adviser to a humanitarian charity; and retains a number of private clients. He has recently been cospeaker at a series of events on Brexit’s implications in Europe, including at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Austrian Competition Authority.

Jonathan has held chairmanship roles in the private and third sectors, including Chairman of the Reform Club, London; chairman of trustees of a national patient advocacy charity, senior partner of a Soho-based branding agency, and chairman of a technology company specializing in asset discovery. He founded his first firm, a publishing company specializing in government and defence, when he was 26, and has remained engaged in both sectors. He was London Managing Director of the New York Institute of Finance, and subsequently their global CMO; and lectures on cross-border merger and acquisitions.

As a corporate troubleshooter, he has held leadership, management and advisory positions for and within companies ranging from Pearson PLC to boutique London firms.

Jonathan’s first degree was from the University of Manchester; he has an MPhil from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge.

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