Jonny is a presenter, designer, theatre person and occasional theme park nerd from the North East. As a designer, Jonny taught himself to use photoshop at school, back when we resembled Justin Bieber circa 2007 and had aspirations of a career in the West End. After dislocating his knee in a dance rehearsal, he began volunteering at the multi-award winning Spark FM at Sunderland University. It was through Spark that Jonny began designing everything from roller banners to bright orange marquees, completing a full rebrand of the station within his first 12 months. The rebrand earned a Student Radio Award for Best Marketing and led to further commissions with the University of Sunderland and its innovative mediaHUB. Jonarc was set up in 2016 following 3 years of freelance work for a large range of clients. His continuing work with the Student Radio Association as their Design and Brand officer led to his induction as an Honorary Life Member of the association in 2017. When not buried in Photoshop, Jonny is an award-winning radio presenter for Bauer Media Group. His networked Sunday afternoon show increased its reach year on year by 74% and continues to be the most listened to programme on Metro Radio’s weekend schedule. His creativity and unique outlook on life earned him multiple Student Radio Award Best Newcomer and Best Male nominations, eventually taking home Bronze in 2013. Not content with running a business and entertaining radio listeners with terrible puns, Jonny is also an experienced theatre manager, having managed and supervised the Customer Experience department of one of the largest theatrical venues in the UK, the Sunderland Empire. Working with Disney Theatrical, Jonny was covering the Front of House manager’s role when the theatre broke box office records with its 90,000 capacity run of The Lion King.Locked Pro Plan feature
Operate my freelance design business with a focus on leisure, events, entertainment and hospitality clients. Previous clients include HRH The Prince of Wales, Student Radio Association and ATG. Portfolio: www.jonarc.com/our-work
Present networked weekend afternoons and provide relief cover across the schedule locally and on the Bauer City Network of stations throughout England. Consistently increased listening figures for my timeslot each quarter since joining. Hosted outside broadcasts of the SimplyHealth Great North Run and the Sunderland International Airshow on site.
Provided design support for the award-winning creative learning team, preparing visually attractive arts-council and external funding bid documents, promotional material and digital graphics. Assisted with the delivery of creative learning programmes, hosting educational sessions, tours and activities for a wide range of participants, including those with additional needs and autism. Also developed accessible and award winning, autism friendly design materials.
Responsible for the successful rebranding of the company, the introduction of stringent brand values and guidelines and creation of hundreds of assets and design collateral. As executive producer, I lead on the delivery of the largest awards ceremony in the industry, working with key sponsors from the BBC and Global to ensure correct brand placement and representation. I’m also responsible for the creative direction of the show itself, co-ordinating production elements with print design, merchandise and the awards themselves.
Responsible for the operation and customer experience delivery for the largest theatrical venue in the North and the management of 40+ staff. Drove sales through creative design, developing eye-catching point of sale materials and vital wayfinding signage and creating innovative workflows for cash up and operational procedure. Also lead departmentally on safety and security including complex First Aid support and anti-terror.
In recognition of my work and commitment to the advancement of student radio within higher education and beyond. Working tirelessly with industry stakeholders to ensure brand recognition at the highest levels and producing countless awards ceremonies, training events and conferences.