Jonathan is the former Chair and Managing Director of Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate and author of the Five Flamingos series of children’s stories. Jonathan has been a persistent campaigner for conservation of the natural environment around the world for over 30 years. He led his company’s Trees for Life campaign, which has funded the planting of millions of trees around the world, principally in the tropics. Bettys & Taylors was one of the first ten companies to win a Queen’s Award for Industry for Sustainable Development.
“If the currency of climate change is carbon, biodiversity is its casualty. Through research and investment in practical collaborative solutions, our team of scientists at UBoC seeks to demonstrate how – on both a local and global scale – a healthy natural environment is a carbon-rich planet and people protector. I call them ‘scientists with muddy boots’. They are inspirational, and they have impact: I couldn’t be more proud of them.”