Jonny grew up in South Auckland, New Zealand. He found school extremely difficult, having undiagnosed dyslexia and other disabilities which led him to failing all his subjects. Jonny was also bullied time and time again. After overreacting too many times, Jonny was finally expelled for fighting too much & not showing up to school.
It wasn’t until his last school that a counsellor took him aside to work through some of the key issues he was facing. The difference for Jonny was from “night to day”.
He quickly turned his academic performance around and focused on his emotional well being. Surprised in the difference seeing a counsellor made, he committed to doing youth work to help other students like him in the future.
After a short time in the NZ Army Jonny moved to Australia to become a qualified youth-worker. He later took some time off and co-started four companies; one of which was ‘Pushpay’, an app that helps people give to charities (now on the AUX top 50 Companies in Australia, worth over $1 Billion). He took this success & resources to re-dedicate his life to full-time youth work, this time focusing on interviewing youth-physiologists & speaking at schools on various health topics.
Since going full-time in 2013 he has spoken over 2,200 times to over 370 schools (more than any other independent speaker in Australia), speaking up to 27 times a week.
He has spoken at some of the largest events in the southern hemisphere including National Young Leaders Day, Easter Camp, Universities, Principal Conferences and Corporate Events alongside key note speakers from Facebook & Twitter.
All of his health presentations have been checked & passed the Australian educational & analysis consulting standard.
Jonny continues to tours most weeks. His desire is to help young people make educated decisions based on what they want for their future & to see help whenever they need it.
Jonny has 5 brothers and a sister. His father is a successful speaker and entrepreneur, and his mother is a sought-after counsellor & speaker who works in maximum security woman’s prison in New Zealand.
When Jonny’s not busy trying to change the world he likes to get outdoors. His “play place” is a beach, a book and coffee.