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Jonathan Cheshire

OBE, Chairman

Board of Governors

Role at Solent

Jonathan Cheshire joined the Board in November 2007, and became chairman in August 2013. He also chairs the remuneration and governance committees.


Jonathan is a leading developer of charities and voluntary agencies with particular expertise in youth and young people's issues, employment and training, regeneration, and outdoor education.

Jonathan retired in 2014 as CEO of Wheatsheaf Trust, a charity promoting social inclusion and economic development, which runs a range of innovative projects to support marginalised people into training and work.

Between 1996 and 1998 Jonathan founded Portsmouth Foyer, a housing and employment project for disadvantaged young people, and between 1989 and 1996 was director of a major national charity, Ocean Youth Club, then Europe's largest sail training organisation and provider of outdoor education for young people drawn from all social, ethnic and geographical backgrounds. Previously he started a number of charities for homeless people in London.

Committee membership

  • Chair: Remuneration Committee.
  • Chair: Governance Committee.

External bodies

  • Member: Solent LEP Employment and Skills Board.
  • Trustee: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation.
  • Trustee: Sail Training International.
  • Trustee: Association of Sail Training Organisations.
  • Vice-Chair: Street Kids International.
  • Director: Green Insight Ltd.