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Jonathan Davies (OBE)

Ex-professional Rugby Player, Broadcaster and Businessman

London, UK

Jonathan Davies
Lord Daresbury
Auriant Mining AB
Teresa Davis
Wentworth Management Services

Jonathan Davies’ Biography

Jonathan Davies is largely regarded as one of the greatest players in the storied history of Welsh rugby. Throughout an illustrious career, he represented several high-flying clubs, displaying supreme versatility in converting from rugby union to rugby league, proving equally adept in both codes.

Along with considerable success at club level, Davies also competed internationally, serving as captain for both Wales and Great Britain, in union and league respectively.

Upon the climax of his playing career, he seamlessly transitioned into a life beyond the field and has gone onto establish himself as a hugely respected broadcasting personality. Offering expert insight and astute analysis, Davies regularly appears on set during the BBC’s coverage as a Rugby Commentator.

Not limited to his television duties, Jonathan is also a prominent businessman, boasting a proven track record in business development. Driven and committed, his career spans more than 25 years, truly embellishing his prowess as a savvy professional in the business spectrum. In addition to orchestrating Business Development at Smart Solutions, he also works at Andrew Scott, providing consultation to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. on business growth matters.

A passionate leader, he is people-oriented, flexible and determined in his approach. Jonathan successfully contributes to all aspects of business, whilst also featuring as an award-winning after dinner speaker, providing renowned motivational talks covering the key aspects of leadership.

Jonathan is experienced in non-executive and ambassadorial roles that he has leveraged in order to increase awareness for brands. The renowned companies which he has represented include British Telecom, Lloyds Banking Group, Heineken, Guinness and HSBC.

Committed to giving back, Jonathan is the President of Fundraising at Velindre Cancer Centre and has raised over £30 million. He was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his exemplary services to charity.

Jonathan’s Newsfeed

BBC Sport
Jonathan Davies on Wales v Western Samoa at 1995 Rugby League World Cup

Jonathan Davies was used to being one of the smaller players on the field. In fact, he had made a career of leaving hulking opponents trailing in his wake.

This is Money
'I would kick inheritance tax right into touch - it's unfair and wrong'

Former rugby star Jonathan Davies would abolish inheritance tax if he were made Chancellor of the Exchequer. 

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Jonathan’s Social Media

Jonathan’s Background

Great Days Golf
Non-Executive Director
Feb 2021 - Present
Swansea, UK
Great Days Golf offers unique and bespoke events, held at clubs and societies throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Boasting an impressive celebrity network, the company promotes exclusive golfing offers, overseen by its three founding members, who combine their business acumen with a genuine passion for the game of golf.
Smart Solutions Recruitment Ltd
Business Development and Sales Consultant
Sep 2020 - Present
Swansea, UK
Smart Solutions Recruitment is a Pan European recruitment business that utilises innovative in-house software in order to provide large scale, bespoke workforce solutions for industries.
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Jonathan’s Gallery

Philanthropy

Velindre Cancer Centre
President of Fundraising
Jan 2008 - Present
Cardiff, UK
The Velindre Cancer Centre is based in Cardiff and provides specialist cancer services to over 1.5 million people throughout South East Wales. Jonathan heads up an amazing team and was inspired to get involved having sadly lost both his Father and Wife to the disease. Davies has been associated with the charity for over a decade, helping to raise a phenomenal £34 million since coming on board.
Wooden Spoon Society
Supporter
Fleet, UK
Wooden Spoon is a children's charity supported by the game of rugby that funds projects in support of disadvantaged and disabled children in the UK and Ireland. Jonathan ran the 2006 Great North Run in Wooden Spoon colours, also opening the Wooden Spoon project at Noah's Ark Children's Hospital.

Media

Micron Video Productions
The Jonathan Davies Story
Jan 1991
London, UK
Feature length documentary detailing the fascinating career of rugby legend Jonathan Davies. With captivating insights from Davies and those closest to him, as well as explosive footage collated throughout his mastery of both union and league, the story told is crucial viewing for any sports fan.

Publications

Jonathan Davies: Code Breaker
Co-Author
Oct 1996
London, UK
The book titled, ‘Jonathan Davies: Codebreaker’, co-authored by Jonathan and Peter Corrigan, is an account of Jonathan’s triumphant professional rugby career and tells the story of his successful journey of playing for some of the UK’s leading union and league clubs.

Awards & Endorsements

New Year Honours
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Jan 2015
London, UK
Jonathan was appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contribution to voluntary and charitable services. He has raised a staggering £34 million in his role as president of Cardiff's Velindre Cancer Centre.
New Year Honours
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Jan 1996
London, UK
Jonathan was awarded an MBE in 1996 for services to rugby, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
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Commercial Partners

Heineken
Brand Ambassador
2003 - 2005
Heineken is a Dutch beer brewing company founded in 1864 in Amsterdam. The company operates more than 165 breweries worldwide.
British Telecom
Brand Ambassador
1999 - 2001
British Telecommunications or BT is one of the world's leading communications services companies providing customers with fixed-line services, broadband, mobile and TV products/services as well as networked IT services. The company not only operates in the UK but in more than 180 countries worldwide.
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