Jonathan is a trustee of national autism charity Ambitious about Autism while holding down a job as a solicitor in the Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property sector. He is passionate about showing employers the benefits of hiring disabled people, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because of the drive and determination often built up from living with a disability which are an asset to any workplace.
He has won international recognition for his campaigning, including European Campaigner of the Year 2016, a Commonwealth Queen's Young Leader award in 2017, an honorary degree from the Open University in 2018, the Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year in 2019, and was named the UK’s fourth most influential disabled person in 2020 by the Shaw Trust Power List, on which he now serves as a judge.
Since joining the Executive in 2018, he has spoken at CDG fringe events at the Conservative Party Conference in 2018 and 2020 and Conservative Spring Forum in 2021. He was a key driver and co-author of the Conservative Party’s Disability Toolkit focused on local council candidates and associations.
As an executive member of the Conservative Disability Group, the Deputy Chairman (Political) of the Orpington Conservative Association, and someone on the autistic spectrum himself, Jonathan was delighted to co-author the Conservative party’s toolkit on ‘Being a Councillor with a Disability: Guidance for Councillors, Candidates and Local Associations’.
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