About me

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.

Currently 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, and he is currently involved in campaigns to defend refugees in the UK.

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: 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; and he has over 3,000 students in 130 countries on his on-line campaigning courses.

He is also national Vice Chair of City of Sanctuary, a member of the Asylum Matters advisory board and a trustee of the Voice of Domestic Workers. He is also developing a new concept of a start-up campaigning catalyst called End Destitution.

Previously he 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 re-introduction of cash support).

He has also provided independent advice across the world including: 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.

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.