Jon is Assistant General Secretary (Bargaining, Negotiating and Equalities) for UNISON – the UK’s largest union, which includes 350,000 members working in education, around a quarter of a million of whom work in schools (140,000 classroom based staff).
Jon sits on the Department for Education’s Permanent Secretary’s Advisory Group and their Stakeholder Advisory Group.
He is Vice Chair of the Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board and sits on the TUC’s Public Sector Liaison Group, their Education Unions Forum and their Alliance for Science.
He represents the European Public Services Union on both the EU’s Education and the Local Government Social Dialogues. He represents UNISON and Europe at the global federation Public Service International’s Education Support Workers Network and their Local Government Network. He is also a lead on their dialogue with the international Employers organisation United Cities and Local Government.
Former employers include the British Association of Occupational Therapists, the London Borough of Camden’s HIV Unit and SCPR (now the National Centre for Social Research).
He was born in Lichfield Staffordshire, attended King Edward VI Comprehensive School and studied geology at King’s College, London.