Jonathan, a chemist by training, is passionate about more sustainable business and the circular economy – including how business can both do good and do well.
Having led the UKRI-funded Humber Industrial Cluster Plan project to optimise decarbonising Humber industry, Jonathan joined the CBI as Director, Humber Cluster in October 2022 in a new role to demonstrate how clusters of businesses can come together to drive economic growth in a region for the benefit of people, place and planet. This will build on the work of many projects and partners across the Humber, which is being viewed as a “lighthouse” project for industrial decarbonisation internationally, exemplified by the Humber 2030 Vision.
His role at the CBI has recently expanded to include a wider portfolio of net zero and decarbonisation-related activity across the UK, whilst continuing to support the Humber Cluster, with competitively-won secondment funding from UKRI. He is also an adviser to the New South Wales Government on their plans for industrial decarbonisation, and the Taeda Tech Project, a novel biomass development programme funded by the UK government (DESNZ).
Jonathan had experience of the nuclear industry before joining BP, where he held a variety of roles in the energy and chemicals areas over 24 years in the UK and France, including secondment to the public-private Energy Technologies Institute. He has also had senior roles with the N8 AgriFood academic consortium (sustainable food, farming and nutrition) and the World Energy Council (sustainable energy for all).
Jonathan is a Chartered Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and is a Trustee of the RSC. He is active on social media: @oxleyjc and www.linkedin.com/in/oxleyjc.