Meet the Board: Jon Corbett

Silverstone Technology Cluster

25th May 2018

Fact: Silverstone Technology Cluster director Jon Corbett is a UEFA qualified football coach. He also oversees investment in small-medium sized enterprises for Barclays in the largest Regional Team outside of London.

In fact Jon holds more qualifications that make him a highly valued member of the STC’s Board – he’s also a non-executive director of SEMLEP and represents it on the Midland Engine Investment Fund Strategic Oversight Board.

Business astute he most certainly is but outside of hours much of his life is consumed by football. Indeed, daughter Molly plays for MK Dons who compete in the FA Women’s Premier League!

“Football is massive in our house,” admits Jon, full title: Director, Head of SME, South East Midlands & Cambridgeshire and National Pension Team!

“One of my sons, Sam, along with Molly and I are Derby County season ticket holders – my wife, Alison and my other son, Jake, are big on West Ham, also season ticket holders, so it’s been a very mixed season for all of us!

“I also used to play semi-professionally having a spell at Brackley Town and was also at Banbury United for a number of years as club captain, so to see Molly doing so well is a very proud moment.

“I really enjoy helping people to develop so later got into coaching and managed to achieve my UEFA B certificate.”

It’s the “helping people to develop” side of Jon that has made him a popular figure within Barclays.

“I’ve been with Barclays for 31 years this year,” he adds. “I joined on a management training programme in Milton Keynes, my home town, but have been in leadership roles since 2004 across small to medium-sized companies right up to large corporates. Now I’ve got a team of 92 people working across Beds, Bucks, Northants and Cambs as well a niche National Pension Proposition based in Milton Keynes – the team is one of the biggest for Barclays in the UK outside of London.

“The niche pension business for Barclays, was developed out of our Milton Keynes offices. It’s now a national proposition working with pension administrators across the UK and employs 15 people. There were only three in the team when I inherited it so it’s been good to see that grow.

“But one of the biggest kicks I get is recruiting people and seeing them later develop and move onto bigger things as they progress their careers through the bank. Steve Henson, who many involved with the Cluster will know, is one great example.

“That extends to the STC. It’s all about taking people who work in and around a sector and giving them the support and opportunity to flourish in something they are passionate about.”

Jon clearly believes the STC – launched at the start of 2017 – has the potential to play a significant role in the UK economy.

“The progress has been greater than any of us envisaged,” he continues. “The opportunity to link it with the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor is perfect timing, for example.

“Key will be making sure it’s business-led in how we take it forward in supporting Cluster based companies and also in promoting their capabilities.

“But it’s been a fantastic start and the progress and recognition has surpassed what we expected in such a short space of time.”

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