Jonathan joined the University in 2006 having previously worked in industry as a senior finance manager in retail and manufacturing. Having graduated from Huddersfield, he then worked as an accountant with both the retail and manufacturing industry. In 1998, he returned to the University of Huddersfield to study full time for his professional accountancy qualification. This was followed by a return to working in industry. During his time in industry he was responsible for developing and implementing new reporting and accounting systems, as well as managing several departments.