Jonny grew up in Monaghan, Ireland, and Malawi, Africa, before studying medieval history and archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast, followed by business management and sustainability at Queen’s University Management School. After working in nature education and fundraising, he completed a PhD in snow leopard conservation and rural development at the University of Cambridge.
Jonny is the Founder-Director of Jubilee Community Benefit Society, a social enterprise which owns and operates Jubilee Farm, Northern Ireland’s first community-owned farm. Jonny is also an Associate of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, a leading international snow leopard conservation NGO, and is a Trustee of the Nyika-Vwaza Trust, a UK conservation charity active in Northern Malawi.
Jonny has worked with numerous wild and domestic animals on four continents, including with 20 of the world’s 40 species of cat, and has published peer-reviewed (see Google scholar profile) and popular articles on many environmental and agricultural topics. As well as having vocational qualifications in habitat conservation, pesticide management and pig farming, Jonny is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
He is a frequent media commentator on a range of environmental and agricultural issues, and in 2019 was awarded Social Enterprise Northern Ireland’s inaugural Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. Between January and April 2021 Jonny and Jubilee Farm featured in Series 9 of UTV’s perennially popular program, Rare Breed – A Farming Year. An emerging presenter and broadcaster, Jonny has written, directed, produced and presented seven documentary ‘shorts’ for the Northern Ireland Science Festival, as welll as a series of short reports for sustainable agriculture podcast, Farmerama Radio.
Jonny is a proud part-time stay-at-home dad, and is happily married to Paula. They live at Jubilee Farm, just outside Larne, Northern Ireland, with their three children and a menagerie of other animals.
You can view Jonny’s summary CV here.
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