Jonathan Burton

A cultural leader specialising in fine art and craft, our CEO Jonathan Burton shapes Cockpit’s vision and drives our strategy.

Jonathan Burton has been immersed in the arts throughout his career, working across opera, fine art and craft.

He began his career leading the marketing teams at English National Opera and then Tate. At Tate he oversaw campaigns for Olafur Eliasson’s ‘The Weather Project’, the Bridget Riley and Barnet Newman retrospectives, and the Tate & Egg Live series of cross-artform collaborations, among others.

He has extensive senior management experience in the arts and culture sector, as Director of London Art Fair and latterly as Managing Director of London Craft Week.

During his eight years as Director of London Art Fair he launched several new initiatives including the annual Photo50 exhibition and the museum partnership strategy that included The Hepworth Wakefield, Pallant House and The Lightbox galleries.

As Managing Director of London Craft Week, he has overseen the creative development and growth of the festival, leading the organisation through the pandemic, with physical festivals every year.