Jon works with the boards of national arts and science bodies on creative, technical and business strategy to engage new audiences.
Jon is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Ravensbourne, the digitally focused design and fashion college. He also Chairs the UK Parliament’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement, the Wingate Foundation and RBG Kew Enterprises, which is the commercial trading arm of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Jon is a Trustee of The Internet Watch Foundation, The Woodland Trust, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Wildscreen. He is Visiting Industrial Professor at Bristol University specialising in the role of technology in learning and is a Fellow of The Linnean Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Television Society and a full voting member of BAFTA. He is a frequent public-speaker on science, technology and new media, with several TED talks online.
Previously, Jon was with the UK Government as Director of Culture Online – a programme to bring culture and the arts to new audiences using new techniques, which won 27 major international awards including three Baftas, a Webby and the UN World eLearning Award, as well as special citation from the National Audit Office for exemplary management of risk and innovation. Before that Jon was Head of Commissioning for BBC Online. As a Director and Executive Producer he was responsible for many popular BBC science and arts television series. He was made CBE in 2006.