Jon Nutman was born in London and grew up in the south west. Jon sustained a spinal cord injury in 1984, at age 17, playing rugby for his 1st XV at school in Bristol. Whilst studying for a degree in Politics & Economics, Jon moved to Wales and played wheelchair rugby for the Cardiff Pirates in the 1990s; the team achieved National Champion status two years running. In that period, Jon was also selected for the GB squad and represented his country at several international tournaments. Jon was also Secretary of the precursor organisation to Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Association, (GBWRA).
Jon left his role at the GBWRA, (and his playing career), to pursue a full-time career in the law. Jon qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and then took up that role in the Crime & Regulation Department with Slater & Gordon Lawyers, based in Cardiff, where he remains to date.
Prior to undertaking his legal career, Jon was active in the disability movement in Bristol and a member of the local Coalition of Disabled People. From that developed the movement for Independent Living and Jon undertook the role of Project Manager for the West of England Centre for Independent Living. Jon also undertook two years in the role of Lecturer, designing & delivering bespoke courses to students with disabilities at Brunel College, Bristol.
Jon has an interest in the structural barriers, both attitudinal and physical, that exist in our society and that hinder the personal development and the empowerment of disabled people. Jon believes that sport is a force for good and that greater participation in wheelchair rugby, and thus the social interaction and the team spirit that result, lead to greater self-confidence & personal independence.
Jon is married to Helen and he lives in south Wales.
In his spare time, he enjoys travel, music, film and time with his friends and family.