About Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris CBE FRICS is a qualified chartered surveyor and past President of the RICS. A businessman and entrepreneur, Jonathan’s career has been enriched by his involvement in a variety of fields. In particular, he has a passion for further education and lifelong learning.

Jonathan’s experience in the commercial property sector spans over fifty years, including being Senior Partner of a highly successful London-based practice and President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in its millennium year. In 2002, Jonathan was awarded a CBE for his services to surveying.

Jonathan is Founder, Chairman and a Trustee of the Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning (originally the Continuing Professional Development Foundation) and he also founded the Institute of Continuing Professional Development. His career has included being a University Governor and a Trustee & Chairman of the Enterprise Education Trust. In 1993, he was awarded an OBE for his services to further education.

Current appointments:

Chairman & Trustee, The Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning

Member of Advisory Council, The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Chairman, Cressida Group of Companies

Vice-Patron, Commonwealth Housing Trust

Vice Chair of the European Chapter, Counselors of Real Estate, USA (CRE)

Previous appointments include:

  • Babraham Bioscience Technologies Limited, Non-Executive Director
  • Bank of England Property Forum, Member
  • Cardinal Group of Companies, Director
  • Carlisle Group, Director
  • Council for Excellent in Management & Leadership (Professions Working Group)
  • Eatonbrook plc, Non-Executive Director/Chairman
  • Employment Resource Centre, Chairman of Trustees
  • Enterprise Education Trust (formerly Understanding Industry, formerly Business Dynamics), Trustee
  • Grendon Trust, Director
  • Kent County Council, Total Place Asset Management Board, Chair
  • Langbourn Income & Growth Property Unit Trust, Board Member
  • Lazard Property Unit Trust, Board Member
  • Manor Lodge School, Trustee
  • Modernising Stamp Duty, Inland Revenue – Member of Technical Advisory Group
  • Pepper Angliss & Yarwood, Senior Partner
  • Plymouth Development Corporation, Non-Executive Board Member
  • Prison Reform Trust, Trustee & Treasurer
  • Property Growth Assurance Company, Director
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), President, 2000/2001
  • Sackville Property Unit Trust, Board Member
  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra Audit Committee, Chairman
  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Director & Trustee
  • The University of Westminster, Governor
  • UNECE Real Estate Marketing Group, Member
  • UN Real Estate Advisory Group, Deputy Chairman
  • University of Reading, Visiting Fellow
  • Work-Life Balance Trust, Chairman

Honours and awards:

1993 – Appointed an OBE for Services to Further Education

1998 – Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster, DLitt (Hon)

2002 – Appointed a CBE for Services to Surveying

2004 – Careers Research & Advisory Centre’s 40th Anniversary recognition award to outstanding individuals for contributions in the field of lifelong learning

2009 – Awarded the James Landauer/John White award from the Counselors of Real Estate. Given to individuals in international real estate who excel in their profession.


Jonathan is married to Jeniffer (née Fass). They have 4 children – Lynne, Joanne, Katie and Matthew – 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Jonathan used to play golf – his lowest handicap was 7. Now his main hobby is competitive duplicate bridge.

He has supported the London Philharmonic Orchestra for many years – as a Trustee, Director and Chair of its Audit committee – and is now a member of its Advisory Council. It is one of the world’s leading orchestras – resident at the South Bank Centre in London.

Jonathan is a member of Bucks Club and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts – FRSA. He is a member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club and the Yacht Club of Monaco. He is also founder member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.