Jon has a rich history of working with young people in schools, on the street, and in church.
Early in his career as a teacher, he worked at Elwood College as Student Welfare Coordinator. Following that, he fulfilled the roles of Chaplain, Counsellor and Daily Organiser at Kilvington Girls’ Grammar. In late 1999, Jon was appointed Head of Middle School at Kingswood College. While at the College, he led the development of an experiential City Campus for Year 9 students.
From 2003–2007, Jon held the role of Deputy Head (Pastoral Care) at St Michael’s Grammar School in St Kilda. During this time, his expertise in pastoral care had a deep impact, as did his talent for school operations.
In 2008, Jon returned to Kilvington Grammar as Principal where he was instrumental in its successful transition to a co-ed school after a 90-year history as a girls’ school
Jon has trained and practised as a Baptist pastor working with young people in the Blackburn and St Kilda areas.
In 1995, through the St Kilda Baptist community, he was responsible for establishing Machaseh House, which provided 16–18 year old students, who were unable to live at home, a safe and secure environment so that they could complete their secondary education and improve their opportunities in life. Jon served on the Machaseh House Board for 18 years, six as Chair.
Jon has completed two degrees—a Science degree from Monash University and a Theological degree from Melbourne University.
Jon’s passion is to see all young people achieve their very best, and to become responsible and involved global citizens by helping others.