Meet Our Current Master

Sir Jonathan Portal Bt is the 500th Master of The Clothworkers' Company.


Sir Jonathan Portal Bt

The 500th Master of The Clothworkers’ Company (2019-20)

Jonathan joined the Court in 2007, and is the son of Sir Francis Portal Bt (Master, 1970-1). He has served on the major committees and is a trustee of The Clothworkers’ Foundation. He has played a leading role in the Clothworkers’ Innovation Fund at Leeds University and is keen to further The Company’s mission to support UK textile technology, skills and manufacturing.

He was educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University, then qualified as a chartered accountant with Binder Hamlyn. He has held several senior financial roles with Henderson Administration Plc, Sir James Goldsmith’s Cavenham Foods Group and Grosvenor Ventures Ltd. For the past 25 years, Jonathan has been managing the finances for a portfolio of small companies, relishing the variety and opportunities to make a difference. Clients’ companies have covered many sectors – music to manufacturing, utilities to uranium. He believes small companies, in our increasingly complex business world, can benefit from part-time professionals with backgrounds in different disciplines.

His trusteeships have included The Old Malthouse School, Friends of Winchester Cathedral, Overton Community Association, CPRE North Hampshire, Explore (relationship education) and Step by Step (supporting vulnerable young people). Jonathan is a commissioner for ‘Hampshire 2050’, Hampshire County Council’s strategic planning initiative.

Louisa (née Hervey-Bathurst) and Jonathan married in 1982. Louisa’s career has been in the music industry: agent for classical singers, director of a national singing competition and music librarian for an orchestra. She was High Sheriff of Hampshire in 2015/16. Louisa’s interests now include associations with many organisations including Scouts, Motiv8, GoLD (adults with learning disabilities) and HYFM (young musicians). She is a member of the Winchester Cathedral Council.

Jonathan and Louisa live in a bluebell wood in Hampshire. They have three sons (William, Robert and John), all of whom are Clothworkers. Jonathan enjoys music, languages, travel and fishing. He is passionate about ancient woodland, and when he has any spare time he is blissfully happy coppicing and planting trees.