Key personnel
Become more familiar with the people who have a passion and commitment for providing young children with a fresh supply of milk every day. Read more about them below and find out about their involvement with school and nursery milk, and the efforts they have made to keep the supply of milk to settings ongoing.
Jon Thornes MBE
Jon was brought up on a dairy farm in West Yorkshire and went to agricultural college after leaving school. Over the next 30 years he worked in the dairy industry in many roles, from milking cows to selling milk to consumers.
He lives near Lincoln with his wife Jan and his two daughters. He enjoys playing his part in the Lincolnshire community for which he received an MBE in 2010. Jon’s contribution has also won him awards from Community Mark, The Caroline Walker Trust and as an East Midlands Business Champion. If Jon is not getting involved with his first passion of milk you will find him either walking with his wife on long distance paths or at Donington Park race track watching old cars and motor bikes being fired up into life.
Dr Hilary Jones
Spokesperson for the School & Nursery Milk Alliance
Dr Hilary Jones qualified from the Royal Free Hospital medical school in 1976 spending two years in postgraduate posts at that hospital in general medicine and surgery, oncology, intensive care and accident and emergency.
Subsequently he has worked in a variety of specialities including obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, health screening and aesthetics.
In 1979 he was the single-handed Doctor on Tristan da Cunha, a British dependency in the South Atlantic and the most isolated inhabited island in the world. Later he was a trouble-shooting medical practitioner in the Shetland Islands working for both the Oil industry and serving the local community in emergencies.
He became a Principal in General Practice and a GP educational trainer in the early 1980's and joined the most successful breakfast TV station in the world at that time, TVAM at Camden Lock. He also became and still remains, a regular columnist for Rupert Murdoch’s Sun Newspaper’s Fabulous Magazine and he is a Guest Presenter on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright show – the most listened to radio show in Europe.
Continuing to work as a family GP ever since he has become a well- known, trusted and highly respected medical broadcaster on TV and radio, he contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines and is the author of several books and novels, the latest being ' A Day In Your Life'  published by Bantam Press.  He is particularly proud that this book has now also recently been published in China.
He is currently the Health Editor at Good Morning Britain and Patron of or Ambassador to a number of his chosen charities including The Meningitis Research Foundation, Get Ahead Charity, Matt Hampson Foundation, The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation, Northern Lights Charity, The London Air Ambulance Charity, Haydn’s Wish, The Stroke Association, Diabetes UK, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and British Heart Foundation.