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The Right Ethos Blog

Jonathan Dearth is the founder of The Right Ethos recruitment consultants. He has worked for campaigning organisations including Shelter, Amnesty International and Liberty from 1993 to 2007. He found using existing recruitment consultants unsatisfying as “they didn’t really understand campaigning organisations or the type of people who wanted to work for them”. This prompted the formation of The Right Ethos in 2007 – finding those who were motivated to work for long term change and matching them with appropriate campaigns.

Jonathan is a member of the Senior Jobsharing Network which works to promote the benefit of Jobsharing across the charity sector.

In 2017, Jonathan presented the Economic Justice Award at the Sheila McKechnie Campaigners Awards.

In 2010, he contributed to the NCVO’s Trustee guide to campaigning and influencing.

In 2008 and 2009, he was the only recruitment consultant appointed to sit on the steering group to develop the National Occupational Standards for Campaigning. He has also sat on an expert panel run by Skills – Third Sector examining the possibility of an apprenticeship in campaigning.

Jonathan was a Councillor in Islington between 1998 and 2006, including being the Mayor of Islington.

In 2006, has also been admitted into the Freedom of the City of London. In 1993, he was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of University of Exeter Guild of Students.

Read Jonathan’s blogs:


January  #Don’tRecruitForFujitsu


March             A third of a century later and 200 yards away

January  How to recruit so that you don’t lose the best candidates


October      What do campaigners think of the “Who Voted For This? protest?


January – The Right Ethos – supporting working class people into Campaigns and Communications

February – The Wrong Ethos

March – Race Inequality Workforce Launch Event 

March – Our crisis response – Radical and fundamental reduction in our fees


June – Keir Starmer, Groove Armada and The Right Ethos. What do they all have in common?

September –   Promoting Equality in Recruitment – launching the “Rooney rule” within The Right Ethos




June – Campaigns and Communications sector overwhelmingly backs Greenpeace

February Tribute to Paul Flynn MP


JunePresentation speech at Scope for The World Cup of Charities to Work For!

September – Ten Most Influential – Campaigns, Advocacy, Policy and Public Affairs in 2018


November – “There’s no point advertising yet – no one’s looking for jobs in the run up to Christmas”

April – Seeing job shares as a positive, not a problem

March – SMK 2017 Campaigner Awards Speech

March – Sheila Take a Bow

Blog archive


Campaigning, Lobbying & Brexit – our analysis for the next 4 years

How does your salary & CV compare? 

Burma – Campaign Success! A “true benefit”


‘Should all charities merge their communication and fundraising teams?’


‘It’s a 5 horse race – 4 months to go to the General Election’


‘What MPs want?’ 

‘Margaret Thatcher’

‘The Hardest Jobs To Get In Campaigning’


‘1992 – Right Said Fred, Eldorado, Robert Halfon and Me’

‘Letter published in Third Sector 26th March 2012’

‘Letter published in Third Sector 17th January 2012’


‘Holding out for a hero with the right ethos’

‘Meeting Wangari Maathai – environmental and social activist’

‘Charities should challenge politicians’ view of them’


‘Charities must increase their investment in campaigning’


‘You’ll never meet a poor bookie – how betting can help campaigning’

‘Letter of the Week in Third Sector Magazine’


‘Did Bagpuss have The Right Ethos?’

‘Paul Newman – did he have The Right Ethos?’

‘Why it’s important to have The Right Ethos’


‘Anita Roddick – did she have the right ethos?’

‘Charities campaigning….are they having a laugh?’



About The Right Ethos

The Right Ethos was set up after our founder, Jonathan Dearth, had worked in the campaigning sector for 13 years, for campaigning organisations including Amnesty International, Shelter, Liberty and the World Development Movement. It was set up as a response to multi-sector recruitment consultancies moving in on the charity sector, and in particular not recognising that people who work for campaigning organisations are motivated by justice and long term change.