Windermere School to Host an Evening with Bakery Chairman, Jonathan Warburton

21 January 2019

Windermere School, in collaboration with LA23NET, is delighted to announce that on Wednesday, 6 March the chairman of bakery giants, Warburtons, will be visiting the school to deliver a talk entitled: ‘Authenticity and Dissatisfaction’.

This free to attend event has been arranged by Head of Marketing and Admissions, Jane Gallon, and will be held in the school’s Crampton Hall. Like Jonathan Warburton, Mrs Gallon hails from Bolton and knew the current head of the bakery giant when they were growing up.

Says Mrs Gallon; “We are thrilled that Jonathan has agreed to come to the school to talk to us about his business experiences. Warburton’s is one of Britain’s most respected and valued businesses and I know that his story will be inspiring, educational and full of stimulation for all those attending.

“As a school, we are keen to engage with the local business community, so as well as inviting pupils, staff and parents to come along, we would also like to welcome people from the wider community. The event is free to attend, however tickets must be booked in advance. We’re looking forward to it – I’m sure it will be a fascinating evening.”

The event will begin at 5.45pm with a drinks and canapés reception. At 6.45pm, the school’s International Baccalaureate BTEC Business students will introduce Mr Warburton.

Warburtons – Largest Bakers in the UK

Jonathan Warburton is an active member of the Bolton-based family run bakery business and is the fifth generation of the family to take the helm. He has become known to the general public thanks to his roles in Warburtons’ TV advertising, where he has appeared alongside famous names such as Peter Kay, Kermit the Frog and Sylvester Stallone. In fact, his acting exploits have even led to a trip to Hollywood thanks to one campaign.

However, there’s far more to Warburtons than memorable advertising campaigns. The history of the company stretches back to the 1870s when Thomas Warburton and his wife, Ellen, decided to focus on baking bread and cakes from their small shop in Bolton. Fast forward almost 150 years and Warburtons has become a £500m business employing 4,500 people across the UK, with twelve bakeries and fourteen depots.

In 2001, shortly after Jonathan Warburton had been appointed chairman, the decision was made to take Warburtons from being a regional company to a national one, which meant major investment. In fact, between the beginning of this century and 2015, the company has invested around £400m in manufacturing and distribution. The money went into buildings, equipment, packaging and vehicle distribution (there are about 800 Warburtons vehicles on the roads every single day). The investment has enabled the company to become increasingly efficient, an efficiency which is backed up by an annual investment of £30m – a sum designed to keep the business in “good nick”.

Book Your Tickets

The event will take place in Windermere School’s Crampton Hall from 5.45pm on Wednesday 6 March. To book your free tickets, simply visit, click on the Jonathan Warburton event, select the Windermere School option and enter the code SCHOOLVIP at checkout.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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