Jon is executive director, markets development, for business advisor Grant Thornton. He is an expert on the impact of China on the UK economy and has authored two books on doing business in China and working with the Chinese.
He will work alongside branch committee members and ambassadors to ensure that the views of North Yorkshire businesses are represented within the IoD’s influential national policy voice whilst contributing to the regional committee for Yorkshire.
Jon succeeds Ed Reid, owner of York-based The Alternative Board, who stepped down from the role earlier this year. He will work alongside Tracey Smith, chief executive of York Science Park, who is vice-chairman for the North Yorkshire region.
Jon Geldart said: “I am delighted to be accepted as chairman and look forward to working with the team. I believe the work of the IoD can be developed by engaging more actively with the local business community and other stakeholders.”
The IoD will stage its first Yorkshire East Coast Annual Dinner on 22 September in Scarborough. This will be followed by the North Yorkshire Annual Dinner on 24 November at Rudding Park, near Harrogate.