Lib Dem Group Secretary
Shadow Cabinet Member for Economy
Councillor Jon Olson was first elected to Horsham District Council an October 2021 by-election, triggered by the retirement of former Lib Dem Cllr Godfrey Newman. Originally from outside Chicago, Jon first moved to Horsham in 2011, and then after a brief hiatus in Lewisham, London, he returned with his young family taking advantage of the wonderful local primary schools.
“The speeding traffic during the school run motivated me to get involved on my neighbourhood council. I found out I wasn’t the only one who wished for safer and slower streets! I ran for HDC and continue to campaign to make an even bigger impact locally."
Now as the Shadow Cabinet member for Economy, Jon's portfolio includes the local and rural economy, Horsham Town Centre, and tourism. Jon would like to see Horsham leverage its proximity and central location to the growing West Sussex wine industry.
Jon is member of the Green Liberal Democrats and stands by the Liberal Democrats' Green Recovery Plan. He believes we must hold HDC to their green commitments. Jon continues to volunteer at his daughter's primary school, as a reading helper, and assisting in Year 6 maths. He has also recently founded the local 20 is Plenty Horsham campaign, along with fellow HDC Councillor Martin Boffey.
Jon has a B.Sc. in International Affairs from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He first moved to the United Kingdom in 2006, while completing his M.A. in African Studies, Economic Development at SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London). Jon worked for several international development charities, including CAFOD and International Alert, before moving to the private sector as the Global Intranet Manager for a large, transatlantic law firm. After the birth of his son, Jon took the leap into full-time parenthood, and became an advocate for Shared Parental Leave and used to organise a dads stay-and-play in London.