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. Within a broad portfolio of work, his primary role is project director of Detention Forum (a network of over 40 groups challenging the use of immigration detention in the UK). He is also helping to shape a new campaign to end destitution in the UK.

Previously he led advocacy campaigns for the British Red Cross, Oxfam, the Refugee Council, and for Action on Empty Homes.


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 Bond.

He has published Campaigning for Change: an Essential Guide for Campaigning around the World; written a global advocacy toolkit for the International Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent (piloted with the Nepal Red Cross); and has on-line campaigning courses with over 3500 students from over 130 countries.


Jonathan also works as a catalyst providing strategic campaigning advice. He is currently working with the Open Society Foundations supporting Eurochild’s European campaign on Early Childhood Development; the Roma Healthy Start programme in Bulgaria; the Romani Early Years Network; and parents’ coalitions in Armenia, Georgia, Serbia and Ukraine. He also provides strategic advice to Oak Foundation.

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; Hibiscus Initiatives; and People in Need (PIN) on their new European climate change campaign.

Jonathan is National Chair of City of Sanctuary UK, a network of over 120 towns and cities offering welcome to refugees. He has also stood twice as a Parliamentary candidate in the UK.

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.