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Jonathan Cheshire - Trustee

Jonathan is an enthusiastic and committed exponent of social inclusion, lifelong learning, and economic development, with long experience of managing skills and employability services. Jonathan has recently retired as CEO of Wheatsheaf Trust, a charity running a range of innovative projects to support marginalised people into training and work.

In 1989-96 he was Director of Ocean Youth Club, then Europe's largest sail training organisation. In 1996-8 Jonathan founded Portsmouth Foyer, a housing and employment project for young people. He founded a number of other charities for homeless people in London, which were responsible for many new ideas in housing management and funding. He has also been appointed to various government committees on homelessness, rehabilitation of offenders, and marine safety. He is Chair of the Hampshire Employment and Skills Strategy Group and a member of the PUSH Employment and Skills Board. He was until recently a Member of the SE England Regional Assembly and the SEEDA Scrutiny Committee. He is a Trustee of the Association of Sail Training Organisations, Vice-Chair of Street Kids International, and Chair elect of Southampton Solent University. A keen sailor and oarsman, he rowed for England in 1969 and sailed across the Pacific in 1978. Jonathan is married with two adult children.