Jonathan Burton to Join Cockpit as CEO


Cockpit is delighted to announce that Jonathan Burton has been appointed as the new CEO of Cockpit. Jonathan is the current Managing Director of London Craft Week and will join Cockpit as CEO on 29 April 2024.

Immersed in the arts throughout his career, working across opera, fine art and crafts, Jonathan has a strong understanding of craft and making. His experience and engagement in the arts and culture sector is reflected in his marketing roles at Tate and at English National Opera, his eight years as Director of the London Art Fair and six years at London Craft Week, where he commissioned the “Scorched” exhibition at Fitzrovia Chapel in 2019 and originated “300 Objects” at the Quadrant Arcade in 2020.

‘We are excited to have Jonathan leading Cockpit at this important stage in our 30-year history as a charity that helps build creative businesses by providing studio space, business incubation and mentoring for professional makers.

Cockpit is a beacon of excellence in contemporary craft. Our ability to provide much needed studio space and support for emerging talent relies on the passion and dedication of our team and the support of so many funders and organisations who see the future of craft skills as critical to the eco system of the Creative Industries.

Jonathan was the unanimous choice of the Board of Trustees to be the next CEO of Cockpit. He brings a wealth of experience across culture, arts and craft and the passion for our mission of widening access to craft and raising awareness of its importance, not limited to a vibrant enterprise culture, but its wider social benefits of better mental health and to fostering the creative democracy that craft represents.’

Davina Mallinckrodt, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Cockpit

Read the full announcement here.