About me

Speaking at Oxford Refugee Conference

Speaking at Oxford Refugee Conference

Jonathan is an advocacy campaigns director, strategist and teacher; he leads campaigns, advises on campaign strategy, and teaches campaigning skills in the UK and globally. His work mainly focuses on tackling poverty, homelessness and defending refugees and migrants.

Campaign director

He 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); the Empty Homes Agency (securing new powers to tackle empty property in the Housing Act 2004); and Oxfam (ending the use of supermarket vouchers for asylum seekers and the reintroduction of cash support).

He has a proven ability to identify campaign issues and make things happen; he is currently involved in campaigns to defend refugees in the UK.

Campaign strategist

He provides independent strategic advice across the world with a portfolio including: Alliance 2015; Caritas Internationalis; Comic Relief; Detention Forum; European Campaign to End Street Homelessness; Helvetas; International Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent; Intrac; Oak Foundation; Open Society Foundations; People in Need (PIN); Roma Early Years Network; Saferworld; South African Red Cross; UNHCR; and World Animal Protection.

He is also national Vice Chair of City of Sanctuary, a member of the Asylum Matters advisory board and an associate at the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Campaign teacher

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

He 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 (2018); and has over 1,500 students in 107 countries on his on-line campaigning courses.

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