Jason Kitcat BSc(Hons) MSc FRSA
phone: +44 (0) 7956 886 508
You can view my full work history on my LinkedIn profile.
As of May 2015 I have stepped away from active party politics. I am no longer a member of any political party.
Leader of the Council, Brighton & Hove City Council (May 2012- May 2015)
Cabinet member for Finance & Central Services, Brighton & Hove City Council (May 2011-May 2012)
City Councillor, Regency Ward, Brighton & Hove City Council (Dec 2007-May 2015)
Green Candidate for European Parliament, South East Region, 5th place on the list (2009) & 4th place on the list (2014)
South East Confederation of Green Parties: Press Officer, Newsletter & Web Editor (2010/11)
Member of Brighton & Hove Green Party Executive: Co-opted member (2003), Chair (2007/8), Elections Co-ordinator (2009 & 2010), Acting External Communications Co-ordinator (2010)
Member of Standing Orders Committee, Green Party of England & Wales (2007/8)
Brighton & Hove Green Party Young Greens co-ordinator (2003/4)
Brighton & Hove Green Party web team (2003-2009)
I wrote & designed all publications for the 2007 Regency, 2009 Goldsmid and 2010 St Peter’s & North Laine by-election campaigns as well as contributing publications to the 2009 European campaign in the South East, the 2010 General Election campaign in Brighton Pavilion and the 2011 Local Election campaign in Brighton & Hove.
I was a member of the Senior Management Team for Caroline Lucas’ successful 2010 campaign to become the UK’s first Green MP. I was also a member of the Campaign Management Team for the 2011 Green Local Election campaign in Brighton & Hove.
I founded the free e-democracy project. This project evangelised the use of Free Software in government, warned of the dangers of technology in voting and also produced the GNU.FREE Internet Voting system. This project was discontinued but similar advocacy work is done through the Open Rights Group, where I site on their Advisory Council.
I’m a co-founder and lead designer of a hibernating story-telling site the couch which has won critical acclaim for the stories and their presentation.
I founded and edited j-dom, an online magazine published between 1996 and 1997 and what I consider the first version of my blog.
I revived and co-ordinated the Sussex Mac Users’ Group from 2001 until 2008.
I’ve been formally educated in the United Kingdom all my life…
Belmont School > Worth School > University of Warwick > University of Sussex
Scholarship: I was awarded 50% off the school fees for my Secondary school education.
General Certificates of Secondary Education: I achieved 7 A*s and 3 As in my GCSEs.
Advanced Levels: I took modular A-Levels and achieved an A in Physics, an A in Chemistry, a B in Maths and a B for French for Professional Use A/S (half an A-Level).
I also studied but did not sit modules from A-Level Biology and Computing as well as GCSE Electronics.
Degrees: BSc(Hons), MSc
Graduated from the University of Warwick with a 2:1 Bsc(Hons) in Computer &
Business Studies (50% Computer Science and 50% Management Science). I was also awarded a prize for producing the best project of the year which resulted in the free e-democracy project being started.
I completed the Technology & Innovation Management MSc at the Science & Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in 2003. In 2008, after five years at SPRU I decided to discontinue a DPhil on online government consultations I had been pursuing in favour of active politics.
marital status: Married
driving: Full License
languages: fluent English & French, basic Spanish and Polish
memberships/affiliations: Association for Computing Machinery, British Computer Society, Foundation for Information Policy Research, Open Rights Group, The RSA, Soil Association.
I was a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s RC Primary School, Portslade 2006-2010.