Jon is an experienced professional having completed a long career in the British Army where he gained considerable experience in working with a wide range of organisations, UK Government Departments, Emergency Services and civilian public and private organisations, as well as with overseas agencies.
While serving in the Army he qualified in both bomb disposal and technical search and he has operational experience in sensitive operations. He also spent significant time in the training environment, including 2 years as a Lieutenant Colonel leading on developing the Army’s training strategy. More recently he led the Command and Staff Trainer (UK Operations), responsible for the design and delivery of individual and collective multi-agency resilience training to strategic and tactical control headquarters and for providing validation assurance to the highest command levels. In this role he wrote and delivered individual and collective training events to a multi-agency audience, including delivering procedural training to Defence organisations in advance of the Olympics. This team also delivered a 2 week training package introducing contingents from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore to the UK resilience mechanism.
Jon has wide experience of multi-agency training and was a member of the national planning team for Exercise ATLANTIC BLUE, a major counter-terrorist exercise, in 2005 and wrote and delivered Exercise BOMBAY FINISH, the largest CBRNE exercise undertaken on Merseyside. He was invited to advise the LOCOG Games Security Coordination Centre during the 2012 Olympics.
Jon was awarded the MBE for his work in supporting the Civil Power in Northern Ireland and has a MSc in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management