Jonathon  Counsell
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Jonathon Counsell
Group Head of Sustainability


United Kingdom


Group Head of Sustainability, International Airlines Group

Jonathon is a Master’s graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London and has an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

In July 2015 Jonathon became Group Head of Sustainability for the International Airlines Group with responsibility for the group sustainability strategy across the Groups’ four airlines Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia & Vueling.

Jonathon has worked in the area of Sustainable Aviation Fuels for the last 15 years and has actively promoted the significant opportunity they provide for aviation to reduce its carbon emissions.

In August 2019 he was elected as the Chair of the newly formed IATA Sustainability and Environment Advisory Council.

Jonathon is also Chair of the oneworld airline alliance’s Environment & Sustainability Best Practice Group

In April 2019 Jonathon became President of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Heathrow Branch.

Jonathon is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Board Member of the Greener By Design Partnership.

In November 2020 Jonathon became Chair of the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council Sustainable Aviation Fuel Delivery Group enabling the UK to become the global leader in development of sustainable fuels.

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