Jon White is a consultant in management and organisation development, public affairs, public relations and corporate communications management, and has worked in public and private sector organisations in Europe, the United States, South Africa, Australia, and Canada. Clients have included companies such as Shell, Motorola, British Airways, National Express and AEA Technology, as well as governments in the UK, Canada, Norway and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He works currently on consultancy and staff development projects with the European Commission, and on training programmes with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Involved at an earlier stage in his career in the development of university programmes aimed at building knowledge of communication management in Canada (Mount Saint Vincent University) and the United Kingdom (Cranfield University School of Management), he is now in addition to his links to the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies a visiting professor at Henley Business School, University of Reading.
He has written articles and books on public affairs, public relations and corporate communications practice, including How to Understand and Manage Public Relations (Business Books, 1991) and Strategic Communications Management: Making Public Relations Work, with Laura Mazur (Addison Wesley, 1995). He contributed to Excellence in Public Relations and Communications Management (Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, 1992) as part of a research team with James Grunig from the University of Maryland and others. He has written a number of management case studies for teaching purposes on organisations such as Dunhill, Lloyds of London, AEA Technology, Diageo and the South African company, Barloworld.
A trainer with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the UK, he runs a number of public and tailored courses for the Institute each year. He holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has also led seminars in corporate communication. He has made presentations to university and professional groups in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, France, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Macedonia, Spain, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa, as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland.