Jonathon trained and worked in manufacturing engineering for several years and was adept at technical drawing. However, preferring to work with his hands and with a longstanding interest in mechanical devices, he re-trained in horology at Birmingham City University. After graduating he gained further experience in a number of working environments from commercial workshops to a period of self-employment.
In 2014 Jonathon assisted the Lead Conservator at West Dean College, as an intern, on a major commercial project to repair and conserve an 18th century mechanical organ clock. A QEST J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust Scholarship provided vital funding to complete the post-graduate programme in conservation of clocks at West Dean College where he learnt the key skills required to work with historic clocks in the heritage sector. He is now self-employed and works in clock repair and restoration.