Jason Etherington, Chief Operating Officer

Jason Etherington is the Chief Operating Officer of East Lodge Capital Partners LLP (ELC). Having spent many years in senior leadership roles, including 25 years in the British Army, Mr. Etherington brings considerable strategic and operational experience to East Lodge. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Etherington leads all non-investment-related departments within the firm and works closely with Mr. Lumsden, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, on the development of the firm’s growth strategy. Most recently, Mr. Etherington was the Managing Director for the Security Division of Atalian Servest, one of the world’s largest privately-owned facilities management groups. In this role, he was responsible for 1500 individuals serving a variety of significant clients nationwide. Mr. Etherington’s innate ability to build relationships helped to deliver high-profile clients such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Scottish Courts and the Royal British Legion. Prior to joining Atalian Servest, Mr. Etherington served in the British Army from 1992 to 2016, attaining the rank of Colonel. Mr. Etherington’s long and distinguished military career culminated in his recognition in the 2016 New Years’ Honours List where he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen. During his time in the British Armed Forces, Mr. Etherington led the Attack Helicopter force and was responsible for the training, readiness and operational deployments of up to 3,000 individuals in the UK, Afghanistan and Libya. Prior to this, Mr. Etherington served as the Chief Planner for Joint Force Headquarters, the organization responsible for emergency deployments worldwide. In this capacity, he worked with the British High Commission in Nairobi, and led the contingency planning for the potential evacuation of all British nationals during the election period in 2013. He has also served as a Regimental Commanding Officer, a Chief of Staff of one of only two Army logistic brigades and the Chief Planner for a multinational organization in Kosovo. As a military aviator and Apache helicopter pilot, Mr. Etherington flew combat missions in support of the UK, the US and other NATO forces in Afghanistan, and as the UK’s most senior attack helicopter leader, he was responsible for Aviation Risk Management for the entire attack helicopter fleet. This involved conducting regular briefings to senior military and civilian leaders of several countries’ militaries including the UK, the US, Italy, France, Germany and Columbia. He was also deployed to several regions of conflict, including Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Mr. Etherington holds a MA in Defense Studies/Technology from Cranfield University and received the Cranfield University award for Outstanding Performance.