Director of External Affairs, Communications & Marketing
Jon joined BGF in September 2011 from leading international corporate communications firm Brunswick where he was a Partner advising a wide range of international blue-chip companies and UK small and large businesses.
Jon is a member of BGF’s senior management team. He leads BGF’s in-house media and communications function, and is responsible for PR, marketing and key corporate sponsorships. He also works closely with BGF’s many public and private sector third-party partners.
Jon began his career with the Labour Party, where he worked as a policy adviser and speech writer for Shadow Cabinet members for four years up to the General Election of 1997. After the election, he joined PolyGram Filmed Entertainment where he worked on press and public affairs issues, and in particular was the chief ‘industry’ author of the Government’s 1998 White Paper on the future of the British film industry. He was a founder director of a London-based communications and reputation management agency which he helped build to £2 million plus revenues and a team of 10, before joining Brunswick to build an integrated financial PR and public affairs offer in 2004.
Jon holds a degree in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics, a masters degree in European Politics and Policy Making and an MBA from London Business School. He is trustee of Debate Mate, a charity dedicated to running school debating clubs in areas of high child poverty, and of the recently formed Scale-Up Institute.
Jon is married with two daughters and lives in Greenwich, London. A mildy obsessive amateur road cyclist, he spends much of his free time in lycra.
“Over the past few years there has been a growing appreciation of the role of the UK “Mittelstand” or ‘Scale-Ups’, as they are beginning to be known, as contributors to our economy: two thirds of all new jobs, for example, are generated by high-growth small companies. As the economy continues to strengthen, it feels like the right time to promote these businesses and explain how we are helping them succeed.”
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