Jonathan Geldart

Director General

Jonathan has a long-standing connection with the IoD and was appointed Director General in October 2019.

Jonathan spent 30 years working in the professional services sector, most recently at Grant Thornton International, where he was responsible for the organisation’s interest in China. He is the author of three books about China and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Jonathan is a fellow of the IoD, and prior to his appointment as director general, he was chair of IoD Yorkshire and North East region.

Jonathan studied Geography and Archaeology at the University of St Andrews specialising in underwater archaeology. Outside of work his interests include hill walking and fell running. He was a rally team navigator for 20 years, and following two years of training in extreme environments, walked to the North Pole in 2006. He has completed other expeditions in Norway, the Canadian Arctic and the Everest region.

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