Jonathon Poyner

11th December 2017

Jonathon works for the City of London Corporation, as Director of Buildings and Operations for the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jonathon also sits on various Boards in the City, including Corporate Projects Board, Category Board, City Security Advisory Board, Energy Board and Strategic Asset Management Board.


Jonathon has worked in a range of senior roles, including as Director at Wales Millennium Centre, Wales’ most visited tourist attraction and home of the Arts in Wales, Chepstow and Hereford Racecourses and Conference centres, the MEM Group, where he managed a group of ten companies providing managed services to Blue Chip clients including British Steel, Interbrew, British Airways and  L’Oreal, and he also worked at SA Brain & Co., Wales‘ largest independent retailer with over 200 retail units, manufacturing plants and logistics depots, where he worked with the Board on the merger and acquisition of Crown Buckley and subsequent restructure.


Jonathon served around 13 years in the army primarily in the Royal Regiment of Wales, (both regular and territorial) and had stints with the UOTC and the UDR in Northern Ireland, plus a period at the Prince of Wales Division, where he worked on the design and implementation of the Army’s first ever CSMR (Common Military Syllabus – Recruits).


Jonathon has also held a number of non-exec and voluntary roles, including senior roles at St John Wales, Cardiff Business Club, Welsh Dance Theatre Trust Ltd, the Royal Welsh Museums, the National Skills Academy (Creative and Cultural Skills) and various committees for Cardiff Council.  He has also acted as a Business Assessor (Consultant) for Arts Council Wales on a number of turnaround and construction projects, including the new £55M Pontio Arts Centre at Bangor University. Jonathon is also a trustee of the London Welsh Centre.


Jonathon was awarded the Institute of Directors Director of the Year Award (Social Enterprise, Cymru) and the Chartered Management Institute’s Chartered Fellow of the Year (Cymru). He is a life fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and a Certified Member of the Institute of Workplace Facilities Management. Jonathon is a Commander of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem.


Jonathon was born in Abergavenny, grew up in Llanvetherine and Tintern in the Wye Valley. He was educated at Monmouth Boys’ School, USW, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Royal Military College of Science. He is married to Amanda, a Senior Assistant Head at a girls’ school in London and has two daughters, both of whom work in the financial sector.


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