Hello, I'm Jon. I like drinking tea, going outside, and reading. Pronouns: he/him.
My most recent role was as Head of Technology at the Green Party of England and Wales. I led a small team responsible for managing and supporting a wide array of software used by party staff, volunteers and members.
From 2016 to 2021 I led the engineering team at TravelLocal, making it the best place for travellers to plan and book tailor-made holidays with the help of local experts. My focus was on scaling our team and application to provide an amazing experience, both for customers and for our partners in our many destinations.
Over the course of my tenure, I grew the product team from two to eleven people, leading hiring and creating an effective team structure based around trust and communication. My goal was for everyone on the team to have the opportunity to own their work, understand their impact on the success of TravelLocal, and develop their skills in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment.
From 2012 to 2016 I worked as a senior engineer at TrackMaven, where I was one of two engineers hired to build the alpha of the product. After creating and launching the initial application, I worked to help grow the engineering team and develop the product through several rounds of investment in the business. I helped to oversee architectural decisions, build a strong team of enthusiastic engineers and scale the product to hundreds of customers.
I have previously run a small software engineering consultancy with my good friend Cameron Maske.
I studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and recieved a Masters degree (MEng).
My software engineering skills are primarily self-taught and have been developed over the course of my career. I am currently focussed on learning about engineering management and how I can build and support a happy and effective team.
I care a lot about creating and living in a fair, equal, and kind society. I recently became a member of the Green Party in support of this, and out of concern about the breakdown of our climate and loss of biodiversity.