Jon is Managing Director of Stokes Communications, a company specialising in public relations, communications and strategy advice.
Jon brings a broad experience base to the role of director of RIDL. He has more than a decade’s experience providing strategy and communication advice to a range of entities and individuals including iwi, other Māori organisations, the tertiary education sector, government and businesses.
He has a strong background in sales and marketing management and has had a successful career as an award winning journalist for media organisations including the New Zealand Herald and Waikato Times before starting his own company.
Guided by strong ethics and principles Jon is a person who thinks outside the square, and who can quickly come up to speed on complex issues.
Jon is also an expert in risk assessment and crisis management, focusing on best practice governance in all entities with which he has involvement.
Jon is appointed to the RIDL board as a non-trustee iwi member.
Jon affiliates to Raukawa and Maniapoto. Jon’s marae is Whakamārama.