Glasmoth : Moscow and back by Tiger Moth
Jonathan Valentine Elwes ( January 19th, 1950 ) was born in Winchester ( Hampshire, England ). He became interested in flying while at Ampleforth College ( Yorkshire, England ) and, at the age of 15, he was selected from cadets of three schools to fly in a Gloster Javelin jet fighter. There was no turning back !
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Jonathan V. Elwes had a 10 year career in various financial positions with the Jardine Matheson Group ( which he joined in 1973 ) in Asia and Australia. After being posted to Singapore, flying became his favourite pastime.
From 1978, he spent five years in Hong Kong where he served outside office hours as a volunteer Search & Rescue helicopter pilot with the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. Latterly he was financial controller of an associated company, Allied Food Industries, which manufactured Van Houten chocolates in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
He then spent 16 years with James Capel & Co ( latterly HSBC Investment Bank ) in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and India - as Managing Director in the latter two appointments.
Now based in Dorset ( England ), Jonathan V. Elwes actively develops his own business portfolio, including a small farm in Ukraine with three Ukrainian partners - exporting soya to Indonesia and China - and vegetables to Europe.
( sources : GENi, Glasmoth, debatingmatters.com )