Jonathan Soar is an ICT consultant and a qualified executive coach. Originally a software engineer by training he has spent over thirty years in the IT industry at director level, mostly involved with banking and finance.
Jonathan joined SAMI as an Associate in 2003 to assist with business development and to provide strategic consultancy.
During his time with SAMI, he has completed the successful sale and execution of scenario planning consultancy and a workshop for Nationwide Building Society, and helped facilitate a scenario planning session, “The Future of Management Consultancy” jointly with the Strategic Planning Society. He has investigated the use of scenarios in the context of managing operational risk according to Basel II and the Sound Practices Guide. More recently, he was part of the five-man SAMI team who produced the ICT Infrastructure report for the City of London Corporation published in June 2009.
Between 1990 and 2003, he ran his own software company in the Square Mile which specialised in providing consultancy and software development services to banks. Clients included Standard Chartered, Standard Chartered Grindlays, NatWest, WestLB, Citigroup and J P Morgan Chase.
Jonathan has a BSc. (Honours) in Philosophy and Economics from City University, London. He was Master (Chairman) of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists in 2011/12; remains a Court (Board) member; and sits on its Charitable Operations committee.
From 2013 to 2016, he was Director Investor Relations at Restoration Partners merchant bank, and from 2016 until 2019, he was Clerk (Chief Executive) of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. He is a Member of the British Computer Society and of the Institute of Directors, and also speaks fluent French.