Jon is the Director of Norwal Limited. He leads the delivery of the company's education & training and occupational water safety courses.


Jon is an experienced school teacher, senior leader and inspector, who has also worked as a local authority adviser. He has spent the last twelve years running his own education consultancy and training business. Much of this work entails leading whole-school reviews and quality assuring other lead reviewers' reports.


His background includes teaching design & technology and mathematics, establishing and running provision for children with special educational needs, and leading inspections of schools in the UK and overseas. He also has experience of inspecting safety critical training and assessment in the rail industry.

Jon has over 30 years' experience with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and has taught lifesaving, trained lifeguards and coached national standard competitive lifesavers, as well as trained those aspiring to be instructors and trainer-assessors.


Until recently, Jon was an operational helmsman at a coastal RNLI lifeboat station, with 12 years of search and rescue experience. During his service, he was awarded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum in recognition of his courage, determination and seamanship when he saved the lives of two people, and also their yacht on 4 September 2009. This rescue also earned the crew the Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award for the most meritorious service by an Atlantic class lifeboat in that year.

Qualifications and appointments

  • Master of Arts in Education (Special Needs / Inclusive Education)

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

  • Master of Engineering (Electronic Engineering & Computer Systems)

  • Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

  • Edexcel Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

  • NCRQ Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety with distinction

  • CEPAS Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification

  • RLSS UK National Trainer-Assessor with current Licence to Operate

    • RLSS UK Lifesaving Instructor Tutor

    • RLSS UK Trainer-Assessor Open Water

    • RLSS UK Trainer-Assessor NRASTC 7th edition

    • RLSS UK Trainer-Assessor ATSPRA 6th edition

    • RLSS UK Instructor - Water Smart

    • RLSS UK Instructor - Rookie Programme

    • IQL UK Trainer-Assessor - Core

    • IQL UK Trainer-Assessor - First Aid

    • IQL UK Trainer-Assessor - Anaphylaxis

    • National Water Safety Management Programme Instructor

  • ASA Teacher Certificate

  • RYA Powerboat Advanced Instructor

  • RYA First Aid Instructor

  • RYA Shorebased Instructor

  • Marine Radio Short Range Certificate Assessor

  • MT Level 3 Award in Mountain Leadership ("Mountain Leader")

  • MT Level 3 Award in Single Pitch Climbing Supervision ("Rock Climbing Instructor")

  • OCR Level 3 Certificate in Off-Site Safety Management

  • ERCA Personal Protective Equipment Inspector

  • NNAS Tutor Award

  • QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF)

  • QA Level 4 Award in Immediate Life Support (RQF)

  • ATACC Penthrox® Administrator Certificate of Competence

  • IOSH Certificate in Behavioural Safety Leadership

  • IOSH Certificate in CDM Awareness

  • CIEH Advanced Certificate in Health and Safety

  • CIEH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety

  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate with commercial endorsement

  • RYA RADAR certificate

  • RYA diesel engine certificate

  • RLSS UK National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches

Professional affiliations

  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Graduate Member)

  • International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (Member)

  • Chartered College of Teaching (Fellow)

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (Member)

  • British Computer Society (Professional Member)

  • Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (Member)

  • Society for Education and Training (Fellow)

  • Institute of Swimming (Fellow)

The acronyms explained, and links to those organisations

ASA: Amateur Swimming Association -

CIEH: Chartered Institute for Environmental Health -

ERCA: European Ropes Course Association -

IIRSM: International Institute of Risk and Safety Management -

IOSH: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health -

IQL: Institute of Qualified Lifeguards -

MT: Mountain Training -

NCRQ: National Compliance and Risk Qualifications -

NNAS: National Navigation Award Scheme -

QA: Qualsafe Awards -

RLSS UK: Royal Life Saving Society UK -

RYA: Royal Yachting Association -