Rescue 2010 SLAUK 026This is the website of Jonathan Macartney Ball. I am a proud Cornishman, husband, father and grandfather. I’m an Architect and a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow.  I am the co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall and remain one of the project’s most enthusiastic supporters.

I am an ideas man – who has a love for humanity, for his community and for his planet. Few things give me greater pleasure than enjoying Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with family and friends.

I have been married to Victoria since 1974 and we have two daughters and three grandchildren. (Photograph by Sue Handford, Chocolate Dog Marketing Services)

The Othe Side of Eden

Eden-8702I am a writer, conference and after dinner speaker , and through my experience with Eden have become knowledgeable on the protection and safeguarding of intellectual creative property and have written a book about my experiences, The Other Side of Eden. Photograph Bob Willingham.

My Cornish Heritage

JBall5x4_8613monoMy Cornish heritage, my local community, and my lifetime love for the Isles of Scilly are, along with my family, the greatest influences on my life with my hometown of Bude at the centre of this. I am a past Chairman of Bude Chamber of Commerce, past Chairman of Bude Round Table and have served as a Bude Rotarian for approaching 30 years. I have been a member of Bude Rugby Football Club since its foundation and was made a Life Member in 1984. I have been a member of London Cornish RFC since 1965 serving as choir master for the club’s renowned social reputation in rugby circles and I now serve on LOCOG, the club’s Organising Committee of Old Gits now living in Cornwall who promote this exile club in the County. Photograph Bob Willingham.

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rnliOne of the most important aspects of my life has been voluntary service to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. I joined the crew of Bude Lifeboat in 1966 serving until 1993, my last eight years as Senior Helmsman. On my retirement from the crew in 1993 until 2007 I served as Deputy Launching Authority for Bude Lifeboat, then serving on RNLI Council from 2007-2013.

In 1989 I was awarded the RNLI lifeboat crew Long Service Award. In 2002 I was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for services to the RNLI.


RNLI Beach Lifeguard

jonathan.ball.birthday.60I co-wrote the RNLI Beach Lifeguard programme that brought the RNLI into Beach Lifeguarding, and served as the only non Irish member of the Bandon River Raft Run Committee in West Cork which, for a number of years ran the largest fundraising event for the RNLI in the Republic of Ireland. I was choir master of the Bude Lifeboat Singers for more than 30 years, a community choir which raised funds for the Institution and other charities.




bardIn 2002 I was initiated as a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow for services to the RNLI and Surf Life Saving in Cornwall taking the Bardic name Tregarthen (of the garden in the Cornish language). Gorsedh Kernow exists to maintain and give expression to the national spirit of Cornwall as a Celtic country.

Bards are elected by the Gorsedh Council and the honour of Bardship is awarded to people who have given exceptional service to Cornwall by the manifestation of the Celtic spirit or service to Cornwall, to people who qualify by a high degree of proficiency in the Cornish language and to people of distinction who, in the opinion of the Gorsedh Council, should be received as Bards of Honour. Photograph Julia Nottingham.

Article from the Cornish Guardian 30th April 2014 ‘British by birth, Cornish by grace of God.’

Surf Life Saving

Bid Announcement 2Living by the sea, both lifeboats, and Surf Life Saving have played a huge part of my life. I joined Bude Surf Life Saving Club in 1959 serving as Club Chairman from 1979-1987, and President from 1987-2003. In 1984 I received the Surf Life Saving Great Britain 25 year long service award and was made a Life Member of the Bude Club in the same year. From 2000-2009 I served as President Surf Life Saving Great Britain. From 2006-2009 I chaired the successful Great Britain Bid for Rescue 2010, the Life Saving World Championships under the bid Patronage of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

In 2010 I was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation Surf Life Saving Australia in recognition of outstanding support for and contribution to Surf Life Saving Australia.

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Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have been an enthusiastic conference and after dinner speaker since my student days, but my early Eden experiences have put me in demand to talk about the project, and the process of its creation. After my journey through the Royal Courts of Justice I have, by necessity, become knowledgeable in the area of intellectual property protection and the safeguarding of creative ideas. This hard won experience has resulted in many requests from audiences wanting to know how a citizen from a small town in Cornwall survives such a demanding assault to wellbeing. Photograph Gerald Sharp Photography.

I am, by nature, a storyteller, and described by others as a lively, engaging and amusing speaker…

he is a dreamer and a visionary who is passionate about harnessing the science and technology of our age to the issues of our age… whether it be corporate institution or small community he sees the spirit of place uniting with the spirit of our age to give new meaning to our lives … translating this into the language of cultural diversity understood, recognised and supported by the interconnected world that is tomorrow… he is rooted in reality in both the political and the business world…. he sees tomorrow’s work environment preoccupied with corporate governance, brand building and the better protection of intellectual property rights…. he has a treasure-trove of business and humanitarian experience to share not least his long service as an RNLI lifeboatman … 

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