Jonathan Thornton

Jonathan qualified as a chartered accountant at one of the big 4 accountancy practices before joining the family firm Thornton & Ross in Huddersfield in 1983 when the company had sales of £16m. In 1990 his father retired and Jonathan became CEO and subsequently Executive Chairman until the business was sold in in 2013. During this period the business grew to sales of £70m from a combination of consistent organic growth of 5% pa and the acquisition of Over the Counter (OTC) medicines. Prior to its sale Thornton & Ross was the largest independent OTC pharmaceutical manufacturer in the UK and exported to over 80 countries worldwide. In addition to owning many well known brands such as Covonia and Setlers as well as the UK’s leading disinfectant Zoflora, Thornton & Ross developed a new head lice product from scratch which in 4 years achieved sales of £15m.