Jonathan is a retired senior official of the European Commission, having spent 38 years (1974-2012) in Brussels, Geneva, Bucharest and London.
"After spending much of my life as a “New European” living and working in an EU country not my own, I am very conscious of the need for an organisation giving a credible voice to the concerns, interests and aspirations of those in that position. Such a voice goes beyond any group representing individuals of a single nationality, underlining and addressing common needs within the diversity of its membership. The need for New Europeans is of growing importance right across the EU, but it is particularly acute at the moment in the UK."
During that period he was involved with a range of policy areas – industrial policy, international trade, EU enlargement, foreign policy and transport infrastructure policy. He spent five years in Romania as Head of the European Commission Delegation in the run-up to Romania’s accession. His final posting was as the Commission’s Representative in the UK.
Jonathan is now living in Oxford and attached to the European Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, working on both the UK’s relationship with the EU and on South East Europe. He is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Romanian Competition Council. He is a trustee of several UK charities.