About Jonathan

Campaigner | Teacher | Catalyst


Speaking at Oxford Refugee Conference

Jonathan is an independent campaigner and works to inspire others to campaign for change around the world. He leads Detention Forum a network of over 40 NGO challenging the use of immigration detention in the UK, and is working with NACCOM on the development of a new campaign coalition to end destitution in the UK. Previously, he led advocacy campaigns for the British Red Cross, Oxfam, the Refugee Council, and Action on Empty Homes. He has also stood twice as a Parliamentary candidate in the UK.


Jonathan is a qualified teacher in secondary and higher education and was a visiting lecturer on the MA in political communication at London’s City University.

He has a proven ability to teach campaigning skills to civil society groups around the world including in: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Serbia, Somaliland, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine and across Europe. Jonathan has also provided input into youth leadership programmes run by UpRising and into the NCVO Certificate in Campaigning. He is also an associate with SMK and Bond

He has published Campaigning for Change: an Essential Guide for Campaigning around the World; as well as  Speaking with Impact: an Essential Guide to Public Speakingwritten a global advocacy toolkit for the International Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent (piloted with the Nepal Red Cross); has on-line campaigning courses with over 4,200 students from 135 countries; and has an audio course on campaigning available on Listenable.


Jonathan also works as a catalyst providing strategic campaigning advice. He is an advisor to: Open Society Foundations supporting campaigning coalitions in Armenia, Georgia , Serbia, Tajikistan and Ukraine; Eurochild supporting the new Early Childhood Development campaign in 9 countries across Europe; Trust for Social Achievement in Bulgaria supporting health advocacy by Roma community groups; Alliance 2015 supporting advocacy on food nutrition in Ethiopia; and Concern supporting national advocacy in Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Malawi in the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit and beyond.

Previously his work has included supporting: Caritas on their global migration campaign; UNHCR on their global statelessness campaign; the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children Campaign; Helvetas on their labour migration advocacy in Sri Lanka; Alliance 2015 on their food nutrition advocacy in Ethiopia and Pakistan; Migrant Voice; Shpresa; Hibiscus Initiatives; People in Need (PIN) on their new European climate change campaign; and strategic advice to the Oak Foundation

Jonathan is National Chair of City of Sanctuary UK, a network of over 120 towns and cities offering welcome to refugees.

Born in South Africa, he was educated at Durham (BA Hons History), Leicester (PGCE), Loughborough (MBA) and City (PG Certificate in Academic Practice) universities. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.