Jon joined Ashridge in 2004 and works on developing and delivering tailored programmes primarily for public sector clients. His experience and expertise is mostly in the public and not-for-profit sectors, in which he has served for almost twenty years at all levels up to and including Chief Executive. His particular interests are the development of excellent leaders for the public and not-for-profit sectors and organisational cultural change, including how organisations embrace and value diversity.
After completing his degree in Management Science at Warwick University, Jon joined the Civil Service Fast Stream as an Administration Trainee. Having worked on the re-nationalisation of London Underground (from GLC ownership) and the privatisation of British Airways, he trained as a Cost and Management Accountant. He later joined the Historic Royal Palaces Agency as Group Finance Manager before returning to more conventional Civil Service roles working on the introduction of the National Lottery and on Films policy.
In 1998, Jon joined the British Film Institute as Deputy Director with particular responsibility for managing the central service operations, including finance, human resources and ICT. He took lead responsibility for the successful delivery of the new BFI IMAX Cinema at Waterloo – a £15 million Arts Council Lottery-funded project delivered within time and budget. After eighteen months, Jon was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in which he was responsible to the Board of Governors for all aspects of the BFI’s £30 million annual budget and the management and development of the 500 staff. After completing a three-year fixed term contract Jon left the BFI at the end of 2002 and undertook several independent consulting projects for clients including the BBC, the National Film and Television School, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the UK Film Council before joining Ashridge.