Jonathan came to Perth from the UK where he spent the last six years as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in the UK. During his time audiences increased from 35,000 to 330,000, turnover increased by over 600% and ticket sales tripled. It became the fourth largest city arts festival in the UK through a program expanded to embrace site-specific work, large-scale outdoor events, circus, a children's festival, physical and visual theatre and the visual arts. Festival highlights included presenting the UK premiere of Jordi Savall's Jerusalem; being one of three world cities (along with London and New York) to present Michael Clark's Stravinsky Project with live orchestra; commissioning/premiering major works from John Tavener, Ephemere, Jonathan Dove, the Seven Fingers, Andy Shephard, Kurt Pershke, Gwilym Simcock, Arve Henriksen, Joby Talbot, No Fit State Circus, Taylor Mac and Alain Platel; presenting rare UK appearances by John Cale, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Dawn Upshaw and Teatro de los Sentidos. Since 2006 the festival has embraced creative learning, delivering Creative Partnerships for the region, working intensively with over 15,000 young people year round.
In July 2003 Jonathan was Creative Director of Elemental, a large-scale theatre, music and spectacle event at Chalon-sur-Saone festival in France.
From 1997-2004 Jonathan set up and ran the National Theatre's events department on London's South Bank. He was the founding artistic director of Watch this Space (the National's acclaimed annual festival of international outdoor theatre, music and spectacle), the Festival of Lights (a biennial festival exploring light and fire festivals from around the world) and co-wrote/directed Robin Hood in the National's Loft Theatre. Prior to this he was Resident Theatre Director of the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell (directing under the name Jack Holloway).
Jonathan started his programming career whilst at University, promoting and presenting bands and artists including The Sugarcubes, Thom Yorke (pre-Radiohead), Siouxsie and The Creatures, Transvision Vamp and The Inspiral Carpets.
He has been Chair of Total Theatre Network (the national development agency for physical and visual theatre), on the Executive of the British Arts Festivals Association and is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.