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Jonathan Davies (OBE)

Ex-professional Rugby Player, Broadcaster and Businessman

London, UK

Jonathan Davies
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Daversa Partners
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RAB Capital Limited

Jonathan’s Biography

Jonathan Davies is widely considered as one of the greatest players in Welsh rugby history. During his distinguished career, he played for several top clubs, demonstrating his versatility when converting from rugby union to rugby league and proving equally capable in both codes.

Alongside his considerable achievements at club level, Jonathan excelled internationally and served as captain for both Wales and Great Britain, in rugby union and league respectively.

Since the end of his playing career, Jonathan has gone on to establish himself as a respected broadcaster, comfortably transitioning to a life beyond the field. Offering astute analysis and expert insight, he makes frequent appearances as a Rugby Commentator during the BBC’s coverage.

Not just a regular personality on television, Jonathan is also a leading businessman with a knack for business development. Committed and driven, his successful decades-long career demonstrates his place as a savvy business professional. Further to leading Business Development at Smart Solutions, he also provides valuable consultation to Arthur...
Jonathan Davies is widely considered as one of the greatest players in Welsh rugby history. During his distinguished career, he played for several top clubs, demonstrating his versatility when converting from rugby union to rugby league and proving equally capable in both codes.

Alongside his considerable achievements at club level, Jonathan excelled internationally and served as captain for both Wales and Great Britain, in rugby union and league respectively.

Since the end of his playing career, Jonathan has gone on to establish himself as a respected broadcaster, comfortably transitioning to a life beyond the field. Offering astute analysis and expert insight, he makes frequent appearances as a Rugby Commentator during the BBC’s coverage.

Not just a regular personality on television, Jonathan is also a leading businessman with a knack for business development. Committed and driven, his successful decades-long career demonstrates his place as a savvy business professional. Further to leading Business Development at Smart Solutions, he also provides valuable consultation to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. on business growth matters through his work at Andrew Scott.

Jonathan is a passionate, people-oriented leader with a determined yet flexible approach. Not only does he positively contribute to all facets of business, he is also an award-winning after-dinner speaker, providing inspiring motivational talks covering the key qualities of leadership.

Jonathan is highly experienced in ambassadorial and non-executive roles that he has successfully leveraged to increase awareness for top brands and companies such as HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, British Telecom, Guinness and Heineken.

Community-minded and committed to paying it forward, Jonathan is the President of Fundraising at Velindre Cancer Centre where he has helped raise more than £30 million. He was awarded an OBE for his outstanding services to charity in 2015.
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Jonathan’s Newsfeed

Jiffy's 60th birthday message shows the lives he's changed after tragedy amid call for knighthood

Over the last 15 years Jonathan Davies has helped to raise a staggering £39m for the Velindre Cancer Centre.

Happy 60th, Jonathan Davies - The Man Who Wowed Both Codes Of Rugby

Jonathan Davies, a legend of both Rugby Union and Rugby League, celebrates his 60th birthday.

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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

Other Business Interests

In It Together Festival
Honorary Founding Member
Feb 2022 - Present
In It Together Festival is a brand new Welsh family event launched by Escape Records and due to take place over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend in June 2022

Philanthropy

Velindre Cancer Centre
President of Fundraising
Jan 2008 - Present
Cardiff, UK
The Velindre Cancer Centre provides specialist cancer care services to patients throughout South East Wales. Jonathan leads the fundraising team after losing both his wife and father to cancer. Over a decade, he has helped to raise over £34 million since coming on board.
Wooden Spoon
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

LISTEN: Dual-code international Jonathan Davies on the Golden Point Podcast
Podcast
Jul 2021
Jonathan contributes to the Golden Point Podcast, sharing the full story of his rugby league career.
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 (BT) is a world-leading communications services company providing customers with fixed-line and networked IT services, broadband, mobile and TV products/services. BT operates in more than 180 countries worldwide.
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