Jonathan has always lived in the New Forest area and, after a few years working in New Milton after qualifying as a solicitor in 1978, he became a partner in a Bournemouth firm where he worked for many years, practicing in litigation. Approaching retirement, he worked part time for a few years in North Dorset, concentrating on Family Law before he retired in 2017.
Jonathan became a trustee in 2004 and played a part in the Charity changing its name from Macmillan Cancer Trust to Macmillan Caring Locally and transferring the Hotel it runs for holidays for those with life shortening illnesses from Southbourne to a larger building in the centre of Bournemouth. Financing the rebuilding of the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital is the main current project with the "Brick by Brick" appeal due to be launched in early 2020.
Starting to raise funds before the official launch of the appeal, Jonathan was sponsored for a Wing walk which was initially postponed after 10 weeks of unbroken sunshine due to a severe storm forecast for the planned day. Having read that old biplanes had a tendency to nosedive on take-off or landing, he kept the list of warnings hidden in his garage, away from his wife! He also wanted to abseil down Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, but a resurgent hand weakness made him decide to put it off, perhaps for another day!
Married to a solicitor, and with a son working in the insurance world in the City and a daughter in Print Design, currently in Amsterdam, Jonathan has recently become a grandparent and enjoys receiving many video clips of childhood milestones.
Jonathan's interests are natural history, gardening and, particularly, classic cars. He enjoys doing practical things after a working life at a desk or in Court and does what he can in his garage before having to use experts. He goes to shows and also takes part in Track Days, full competition being something he would not want any car of his to suffer!
Telephone: 01202 477 628