Staff Spotlight – Jonathan Smith Strategic Director – Trade Credit & Surety

1. What does your role entail?

In essence, as a relatively new member of the team, my role is one which means review is required first. Going forward, I’ll be concentrating on how the Credit function is strengthened as this area of the business continues to grow. Finally, my focus will be expanding our presence geographically to ensure we continue building on the strong foundations set by others within the team.


2. What part of your role do you find most rewarding?

Problem solving and finding solutions! I really do get a buzz out of the fact, that in this industry no day is the same and we really do get involved in such a variety of businesses with their own unique needs. We also meet some very dedicated and passionate people, who in themselves are inspirational.


3. Most challenging part of your role?

Knowing when to stop, sometimes! Perhaps my new role as a grandparent will help with this one!


4. Outside of work, what motivates you, or what do you enjoy doing?

Outside of work my interests include the garden, league squash, golf and recently my wife and I have really enjoyed attending some six nations games at Twickers and the Principality. Travel plans are back on the agenda as the kids both got married in 2016 and flew the nest or should I say we thought they were, until they both with their respective other halves announced the family is expanding with new arrivals due soon.


5. Is there any one person that inspires you, and why?

No one specific comes to mind but those such as Winston Churchill have left an impression. He wasn’t always popular but he knew his own mind and followed through on his convictions.


Contact Jonathan Smith on 07983 325766 or email