|Member||1985 - 1996|
|Board member||1985 - 1992|
|Chair||1986 - 1988 & 1990|
|The Reading Boy|
Jon was Chair of Handspan's first formal Board of Management.
He led Handspan through a crucial step in its evolution. With both sensitivity and sensibility, he negotiated Handspan's governance from a partnership collective of its dedicated members, to a member-led organisation that could move forward with its work.
He is a screenwriter by profession and joined Handspan towards the end of his term at the Australian Children's Television Foundation. His knowledge of film making was an invaluable asset in Handspan's brief screen ventures.
Jon shared Handspan's commitment to innovative, issue-based children's productions, and directed two shows for young people: Captain Koala and the remount of The Reading Boy.
He quickly adapted to the informality and irregularity of Handspan's demands (despite what he remembers below) and became both an artistic and organisational force within the group. A respected advocate in the industry, he was also a fine and funny MC for some of Handspan's best studio parties, including his own 40th Birthday celebrations!
Jon recalled his relationship with the company: