Jon obtained his Bachelors and PhD, both in Ceramic Science & Engineering, from Leeds University in 1981 and 1984 respectively.
Since graduating, he has held a series of Faculty positions at the Universities of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Leeds, Nottingham, Brunel and, until recently, he was the Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering at Loughborough University.
He is a Visiting Professor at both Beijing University of Chemical Technology and Kunming University in China. He is a Past President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and a Fellow of IOM3, the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He has won the Holliday Prize (1995), Ivor Jenkins Medal (2007) and Verulam Prize and Medal (2011) from the IOM3.