Jonathan has more than thirty five years engagement and commitment in community education, community development, equality and anti-discrimination work as a freelance consultant, paid worker, teacher, trainer, activist and mentor.

He has never become tired or disillusioned in working with people on their own issues in their own communities, and his extensive work with and in organisations has always been grounded in this local experience.

Key Skills:

  • Development and implementation of community development and anti-discrimination training and development programmes for employees, volunteers and community activists
  • Project development and management
  • Management committee support and facilitation
  • Partnership working with service users, organisations and other key stakeholders
  • Issue-based campaigning skills
  • Networking skills
  • Community research skills


Jonathan’s wide experience comes from a combination of freelance, employed and unpaid (voluntary) work, in urban, rural, local, county, regional and national contexts.

Paid employment has included:

  • Community education initiatives with unwaged and unemployed people across west Devon
  • Community Development work with Cardiff Law Centre
  • Working as Development Officer (England) with the National Federation of Shopmobility
  • Working as Locum Co-Director with Telford and Shropshire Race Equality Council
  • Working on issues of rural social exclusion as Community Development Co-ordinator with Shropshire Rural Community Council
  • Two periods o about a year each covering maternity leave for the Equality and Diversity Officer of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Freelance work has included:

  • Community development and equality training, lecturing and seminar work with local communities, public sector and local authority organisations and secondary and tertiary education establishments
  • Work on research projects includes:
  • A review of equality practice in Darlington Borough Council
  • Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment research projects in County Durham, North Yorkshire and Greater Manchester
  • Health Trainers and Community Development
  • Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Research Project - experiences of living, working and using services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin
  • Under-Reporting of Hate Incidents in Shropshire
  • Work with public and health sector organisations on assessing equality impacts, accessibility of public spaces, challenging discriminatory behaviour.

Unpaid (voluntary) work has included:

  • Developing and supporting a Claimants’ Union in south Devon
  • Membership of Racial Equality Council management committees in Plymouth, Cardiff, Telford and Shropshire
  • Membership of two CABx Management Committees
  • Founder member and convenor of Shrewsbury Action Against Racism
  • Membership of the Federation for Community Development Learning and the Community Development Exchange Boards
  • Co-founding, administering and developing Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire (FRESh) Ltd
  • Individual casework, supporting people who have experienced different kinds of discrimination
  • Trustee and current Chair of DASH – one of the key Disability Arts organisations in the UK