Corporate lawyer Jonathan Oxley has been awarded Fellowship of the IoD – one of the highest accolades granted by the directors’ organisation.

He is a former regional chair of the IoD for Yorkshire and the Humber and continues to represent the IoD in the region on devolution and the Northern Powerhouse.

Jonathan is chairman of Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett and head of the firm’s York office. He is a corporate lawyer, specialising in buying, selling and financing companies. Jonathan has a particular focus on SME businesses, where his knowledge and experience has helped countless start-up business ventures to scale-up their offering.

IoD Fellowship is exclusive and by invitation only. It is for directors of the highest standing who epitomise the IoD's founding values of integrity and enterprise. Membership is granted through a strict qualification process considering seniority, business experience, contribution to the director community, commitment to the IoD and achieving the Institute’s prestigious Chartered Director status.

Jonathan said: “It is a tremendous honour to be awarded IoD Fellowship. I very much enjoyed my time leading the Institute in the region and continue to take an active interest in the Northern Powerhouse agenda, as we look to promote the North as a solution to rebalancing the UK economy while supporting and retaining talented people to launch and scale-up businesses here.”

Jonathan Geldart, IoD Director General, said: “My congratulations to Jonathan on his appointment as a Fellow of the Institute. His experience and leadership have been integral to helping our members to build fresh connections, develop their professional skills and influence the national agenda on the Northern Powerhouse.”

The IoD has secured vital support for directors during the Covid-19 pandemic, including financial assistance for wage bills and changes to insolvency rules. Through its Policy Voice programme, it provides government with first-hand reports from those dealing with the crisis.