Hello, I’m Jason Kitcat. I’ve been interested in technology, politics and the environment for as long as I can remember. I love building communities, opening up processes and engaging people. I’ve done this in the local government, non-profit and commercial sectors. I’m organised, effective and passionate in what I do. Find out more around this site or get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling my office on 01273 291 011.
“Jason Kitcat is one of the hardest working councillors in my memory, one of the truly exceptional local ward councillors of our time.” — Brighton Politics Blogger
“Jason combines excellent interpersonal skills with fantastic attention to detail, while never losing sight of the big picture … Jason consistently produced work of the highest standard to the tightest of deadlines, and acted as the best kind of ambassador for the organisation … And all this without once losing his sense of humour. I would hire Jason again in a heartbeat.” — Becky Hogge
Updated 18th April 2014
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One sentence: Jason Kitcat is a green politician, technologist and activist (jasonkitcat.com) — he is Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and a Green City Councillor .
One paragaph: Jason Kitcat is a green politician, technologist and activist (jasonkitcat.com). He is Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and a Green City Councillor. Through the Open Rights Group, Jason is a prominent digital rights campaigner, particularly in opposing the introduction of e-voting and e-counting.
Local Government specific bio: Jason Kitcat is the Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, the UK’s first Green-led principal authority. Jason sits on the Leading members group for the Key Cities association of 23 mid-size cities and also has a number of roles at the Local Government Association. He has been a Green city councillor in Brighton for 6 years. Before becoming Leader in 2012 he was Lead member for Finance. His professional background is in technology and online businesses.
Jason Kitcat is Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and a Green City Councillor for Regency Ward. Jason is a member of the UK’s first ever Green council administration. Jason sits on the Leading members group for the Key Cities association of 23 mid-size cities and also has a number of roles at the Local Government Association.
Before becoming leader of the council, Jason was Cabinet Member for Finance & Central Services. Jason was first elected in a December 2007 by-election. He is a former Chair of Brighton & Hove Green Party and has a track record as a successful campaign manager. He led the local party to success in his own by-election, the 2009 European Elections (with Greens topping the city-wide poll), two other council by-elections and was on the management team for the historic 2011 council election campaign. Jason was a Green candidate for European Parliament in 2009 and was a member of the campaign management team for Caroline Lucas’ successful bid to become the UK’s first Green MP.
Jason is a prominent digital rights campaigner, particularly with regards to electronic voting and counting. In 2007 Jason completed a part-time contract as e-voting co-ordinator at the Open Rights Group (a group he helped to found), where he continues to contribute in a voluntary capacity on their Advisory Council. Jason led 25 election observers in monitoring e-voting and e-counting across the 2007 English & Scottish elections. The resulting report helped set the agenda for electoral modernisation with e-voting no longer a government priority.
Jason was until February 2012 a Foundation Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. He was previously Head of Technology at Netmums, a leading grassroots parenting site. He has worked with online communities since the early 1990s and has founded or co-founded a number of technology related companies. He holds a BSc(Hons) from the University of Warwick in Computer Science & Management Science and MSc Technology & Innovation Management from the University of Sussex. Jason spent several years at Sussex studying for a doctorate on online government consultations before choosing to focus his energies on active politics.
Jason is half English and half French-Canadian. He is married to Ania and together they have a daughter and a son.
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Jason loves Jazz, Blues and Soul music, is a big The Wire, Six Feet Under, West Wing and Ally McBeal fan. Favourite films: Swingers and Everyone Says I Love You. Favourite authors include Douglas Coupland, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Tom Wolfe, Iain M Banks and Truman Capote