About Jonathon

Jonathon outside County Hall
Jonathon outside County Hall

I am a graduate who served as an officer in the Royal Artillery at home and abroad for twenty three years. This included serving on operations in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.  I retired from the army in the rank of Major in1999 and went into business as general manager of a marketing company operating from Wiltshire, where I also acted as sales manager. After two years I took over a small but busy local holiday business which I now run in partnership with my wife. I understand both business and its involvement with the wider community. This experience has made me acutely aware of the pressures put on local businesses and local people by local government. I have lived in Wiltshire for the past thirty years and I now live with my family on our business premises between Devizes and Chippenham.

I am married with one daughter. I am deeply involved in the local rural community and rural affairs. I have also been heavily involved in local political and community work over the past fifteen years and have a great deal of experience in these spheres to offer local people. I am actively supported in my business, political and country sports activities by my family. I stand for traditional rural values but I am supportive of positive changes and developments to the advantage of the community as a whole.

At Kennet District Council

Prior to my election to Wiltshire Council in 2009, I served on Kennet District Council until that council was abolished to enable the formation of the new Wiltshire Council. During my time at Kennet I served as vice chairman of the influential Overview and Scrutiny Committee and a member of the Regulatory (or Planning) Committee and was asked to stay in this role until the election in June 2009. I was also selected as the sole Kennet District Councillor to sit on the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Board of the five councils which merged to form Wiltshire Council and again was asked to stay on in this role until the new Wiltshire Council was elected in June 2009. Whilst serving as a Councillor I have established a track record for getting things done whether it was a difficult planning application or a matter of changing Council policy. I also took a keen interest in community life and helped to initiate council funding of eight community projects in my last year as a district councillor.

In my first term as a Wiltshire Councillor I was selected to serve on several council committees and was chairman of three, including the influential Melksham Area Board, the Wiltshire County Licensing Policy Committee and the Operational Flood Working Group for the north of the County before the 2013 local election. After that election I was appointed as the Cabinet Member for Communities, Campuses, Area Boards, Leisure, Libraries and Flooding on Wiltshire Council. In 2011 I was moved to take on the large Housing portfolio as well as retaining Leisure, Libraries and 

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Press Release

Jonathon has been selected to stand as the Conservative candidate in the Police & Crime Commissioner election in 2020. 

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Meeting with the Prime Minister & Home Secretary

Jonathon meets the Home Secretary in CCHQ and the Prime Minister in No 10

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