DRIFFIELD, ENGLAND — After a lengthy illness, milling, grain and feed industry educator/advocate and World Grain contributing editor, Jonathan Bradshaw, 56, died on Sept. 14. He was well known to many through his work as a milling consultant and his articles on various topics related to grain, milling and feed.
Bradshaw, former managing director of EB Bradshaw & Sons, served as a correspondence course tutor in the 1980s and, more recently, was a great supporter and advocate of nabim training.
He began his work in his family’s business at Bell Mills. After six months, he joined Henry Simon Ltd., Manchester, England, as a trainee miller and commissioning engineer. In this position, he travelled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, North and South America and the Caribbean.
When his father became ill he returned to Bell Mills. After his father’s death, he became joint managing director with Allan Bradshaw. After Allan’s tragic death, he succeeded him as sole managing director and chairman. He managed the complete refurbishment of flour milling operations in latter half of 1989.
He then moved to Continental Grain to manage their overseas operations until they were sold to ADM in 1996. In 1996, he set up his own business as an international project manager and consultant — a business which is still operational today.
Throughout his career, he was president of many trade associations, such as Hull Corn Trade and North East Coast Flour Mills, and was a correspondence course tutor and examiner. He was a great believer in education and was governor of primary, secondary and tertiary educational establishments in this area, and also acted as policy advisor at the University of the West Indies.
Survivors include his wife, Ann, and their two sons, Christopher and Michael, and first wife, Carla, and their daughters Kathryn and Holly. His funeral will be held Sept. 24 at the Octon Crematorium.