About Jonathan

Speaking at Oxford Refugee Conference

Speaking at Oxford Refugee Conference

As an advocacy campaign director, strategist and teacher; Jonathan works with civil society groups around the world to campaign for change. His work mainly focuses on tackling poverty, homelessness and defending refugees and migrants.


He is an advocacy consultant for the Open Society Foundations supporting their Early Childhood programme. His recent assignments include work with Alliance 2015 in Pakistan, Helvetas in Sri Lanka and globally for Caritas. He has a proven ability to identify campaign issues and make things happen. Currently he is involved in campaigns to defend refugees in the UK.

He is a qualified teacher in secondary and higher education. He has worked to build capacity and confidence in civil society around the world to push for policy and practice change including: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Somaliland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand and across Europe.

Jonathan is author of Campaigning for Change – an Essential Guide to Campaigning around the World (2017); a global advocacy toolkit for the International Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent (2018) already used in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Nepal and the Philippines. Over 3,000 students in 130 countries have engaged with his on-line campaigning courses.

He is also national Chair of City of Sanctuary and a trustee of the Voice of Domestic Workers. He is also involved in a new campaign initiative to End Destitution in the UK.


Jonathan has led successful campaigns for:

  • British Red Cross(helping to secure First Aid on the school curriculum, a statutory duty on prevention in the Care Act and changes to refugee move-on and family reunion policy);
  • Refugee Council(securing improvements in asylum support);
  • Empty Homes Agency(securing new powers to tackle empty property in the Housing Act 2004);
  • Oxfam(ending the use of supermarket vouchers for asylum seekers and the re-introduction of cash support).

He has also provided independent advice across the world. His portfolio includes: Caritas Internationalis; Comic Relief; Detention Forum; Eurochild; Helvetas Swiss Inter Co-operation; Migrant Voice; Oak Foundation; People in Need; Romani Early Years Network; South African Red Cross; Sudanese Red Crescent; UNHCR; UNICEF; and World Animal Protection.


Born in South Africa, he was educated at Durham (BA Hons History), Leicester (PGCE), Loughborough (MBA) and City (PG Certificate in Academic Practice) universities. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a former visiting lecturer on the MA in political communications at City University in London.