Jonathan Ray

Senior Advisor

Jonathan Ray brings specialism in crisis handling and reputation management to Chelgate, with international experience spanning education, science, the environment, and global trade. Jonathan was Head of Communications and Deputy Director of Public Affairs at Oxford University before joining the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan as Vice President for Communications. He also served as Senior Advisor (Communications) in the Office of the Founding President at the $20b endowed King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia; and has led communications, media and public relations for Nottingham University in the UK, China, and Malaysia. More recently, Jonathan was Director of Communications for the National Parks of the United Kingdom, leading public and media engagement for all fifteen protected national landscapes.

He joined the BBC as a national news trainee upon graduation from Durham University, where he read English, and was elected to the Fellowship of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, in 2017.