Jonty Stewart studied European Business in London and Reims, France, before managing pizza delivery restaurants in London, followed by three years project-managing adult educational guidance on the Isle of Wight. In his spare time he was busy DJing and singing in bands, so when his contract came to an end it was a natural progression for him to return to university to study sound engineering, which he started at Salford in 1996.
While studying, Jonty continued to DJ in Manchester and around the North West, playing up to six nights a week at various city centre residencies, and regularly hosting the annual North West University Boat Race, as well as nipping back to the Isle of Wight to DJ at Cowes Week, one of the largest international regattas on the sailing calendar. He also gained additional experience as a freelance engineer, covering big events like Manchester Mardi Gras and Depercussion, working on multi-stage set-ups and variety, band and DJ stages. As well as the live engineering, he also designed, installed and maintained sound and lighting systems in pubs, clubs and conference venues.
From 2000, Jonty worked for the University of Salford as a full-time technician and part-time lecturer. He taught modules that included live sound reinforcement, computer-based audio, video and audio post-production and multi-channel recording. He also studied for a Postgraduate Diploma in audio acoustics, from which he graduated in 2005.
In 2005 Jonty relocated back to the Isle of Wight and established his own acoustic consultancy, Wight Noise. As the owner of Wight Noise, Jonty achieved membership of the Association of Noise Consultants in which he plays an active role, regularly attending company meetings and conferences, as well as holding various positions (including chair and vice-chair) on the Registration Scheme committee.
His consultancy experience is mainly in architectural and environmental acoustics, including pre-completion testing to approved document E (and remedial work for failed tests), design and installation of soundproofing and reverberation treatments, BS4142, BS8223, BB93 and PPG24, but also includes some work on speech clarity, room acoustics and studio design.
Jonty joined Southampton Solent University in September 2010 as a senior lecturer in sound engineering, specialising in live sound and live event technology and also delivering Institute of Acoustics courses. He holds membership of the Institute of Acoustics, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers, and continues to operate Wight Noise. He is part of the audio and media technology research group, and is a senior consultant for the University's acoustic consultancy, Solent Acoustics.
- ANC-registered Approved Document E Sound Insulation Testing to BS EN ISO 140-4, BS EN ISO 140-7.
- Diagnostic consultancy and remedial work on failed sound tests.
- Design and specification of party elements for conversions and new-build.
- Analysis, calculation, specification and installation of absorption to satisfy Requirement E3 of Approved Document E.
- Environmental noise investigations for PPG24 to BS8233, BS4142 and ISO 9613-2, including ventilation, fixed plant, mobile plant, rail, motorsport and leisure facilities.
- BB93 Acoustics in schools.
- Design, specification and installation of domestic and commercial soundproofing, absorbers and diffusers.
- Design, specification and installation of commercial PA systems and educational recording studios.