Prior to launching Trains for Europe, Jon spent a lot of his time diagnosing the political problems posed by Brexit but grew tired of a political issue that was driving Europeans apart. Better train connections in Europe will do exactly the opposite - bring people together. For the moment Trains for Europe is being built by Jon in his free time, but with the aim of this becoming his full time occupation.
Jon is a British citizen, permanently resident in Berlin. He has also spent time living in Belgium and Denmark, and speaks French and German as well as his mother tongue. His main paid work - as a digital communications trainer and teacher - has taken him all over Europe for work contracts, with as much of it as possible done by train of course. He also teaches students about European Union politics and communication at the College of Europe in Bruges. He has run digital campaigns for politicians and NGOs and regularly runs communication training courses for both public and private sector organisations. He is also Deputy Chair of the Federal Working Group on Europe of the German Green Party.