A self-confessed ‘calculated risk taker’, Jonathan graduated from Newcastle Business School and started selling coal in the family energy business run by his father in 1986. Taking over as MD in 2000, he lead the family buy out FAMBO in 2004 in a textbook example of successful succession planning. Blazing an acquisition trail which included seven deals across 2003-2005 alone, his diverse companies in the Bayford Group span property investment and development, oil distribution, an Estate in Scotland, Decadent Retreats Holiday homes business and the high-profile BE Fuel cards and The Right Fuelcard Company in partnership with Shell and BP. In 2014 Jonathan spearheaded a ground breaking £6m multi-phase restoration of the Grade II-listed Bowcliffe Hall Estate near Wetherby which pays tribute to unsung Yorkshire aviation hero Robert Blackburn who hosted guests including aircraft pioneer Amy Johnson and Winston Churchill. The centrepiece of the multi award-winning scheme is the Blackburn Wing comprising a 2,060 sq. ft treehouse conference centre and event venue built in the shape of an airplane wing. The project has also converted redundant space – including a cricket pavilion that once housed Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War – into offices and includes a spectacular Private Members Club, the Bowcliffe Drivers’ Club, whose glamorous and sumptuous surroundings pay homage to the 1920’s and the so called Golden age of motoring. Jonathan has recently launched Gulf Gas and Power in the UK and Holland to supply gas and electricity to homes and business across both countries.
Construction and Property