Jonathan was first elected to serve the ward of Eastbourne on Darlington Borough Council in May 2019. In addition to this he was appointed cabinet member for community safety until a cabinet review of portfolios in November 2019. Since then, he has held the portfolio as cabinet member for stronger communities.
In September 2020 Jonathan was appointed deputy leader of the Conservative group of councillors and in term holds the post of Deputy Leader of the Council. Since May 2022, Jonathan has been Leader of the Council and Leader of the Conservative Group.
Jonathan is passionate about communities and pushing forward the levelling up agenda locally to ensure every community has the best opportunities to succeed and become stronger. He is currently leading a number of policies and initiatives which include, community safety, food inequality and third sector infrastructure development.
In his spare time, he is trying to become more active and during lockdown has taken up walking and challenging himself to do 15,000 steps a day.