Jon is from Oxford in the United Kingdom where he started his teaching experience,  He moved to the Middle-East and worked  in both Qatar and Dubai for 18 years. In Dubai he developed as an educationalist (moving from primary to secondary school teaching) in a variety of settings (from the royal national school, to an English grammar school to a culturally diverse 5000 pupil international school) through a variety of roles (. In 2015, he relocated to The Hague and is presently the IB Head of Development and Recognition for the Africa, Europe and Middle East region. His job involves working with schools, governments, ministries, regulators and other influential educational bodies to raise awareness and understanding of IB programmes and their value for national equivalency purposes.