Digby Jones lobbied energetically on behalf of British business as Director General of the CBI and served in government as Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He has a wide range of senior non-executive roles and has helped small and medium-sized businesses on BBC 2’s The New Troubleshooter.
Digby serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, On Logistics Ltd, Celixir Ltd, Thatcher’s Cider Ltd and G-Labs Ltd. He is Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Unipart Expert Practices (UEP) Division and chairs the Advisory Board of Argentex LLP. He is a Non-Executive Director of URICA Ltd and Leicester Tigers plc. He is Senior Adviser to Harvey Nash plc and Babcock International Group plc. He is Corporate Ambassador to Aon Risk Solutions and Jaguar Cars. He is Chairman of the Board of Governors at Stratford Upon Avon College. He sits in the House of Lords as a non-aligned Crossbench peer.
Lord Jones started his business career in corporate law, working on management buy-outs and much of the mergers and acquisitions activity in the West Midlands. He moved to KPMG as Vice Chairman of Corporate Finance, acting as close advisor to a number of public companies and helping to develop global markets – ensuring consistency of service levels towards international clients.
After being appointed Chairman of the CBI’s West Midlands Regional Council, Digby became the first serving regional Chairman to be appointed Director-General of the business group. He was noted as one of the CBI’s most successful and high-profile leaders. After his tenure he went on to advise companies including Barclays Capital, Aon, Ford, Deloitte and JCB, and act as a UK Skills Envoy to government.
Digby then spent a year in government in the newly created roles of Minister of State for Trade and Investment, charged with encouraging improvements in education and training to meet the demands of global competition. Digby accepted on the understanding that he remained resolutely non-party political and he joined the Lords as an independent crossbencher.
He has since served as a non-Executive Director and Chairman of several companies, in sectors as diverse as quarry aggregates and independent radio and including Unipart and Babcock. He is also a former Business Ambassador at UK Trade & Investment. As well as working with companies in a professional capacity, Digby took on the mantle of business legend Sir John Harvey-Jones as he helped medium-sized manufacturing businesses realise their potential, consider new markets, and prepare for the future in BBC 2’s The New Troubleshooter.
His latest publication in 2017, `Fixing Business – Making Profitable Business Work for the Good of All’ has received excellent reviews including, “charismatic, plain speaking and bold – just what business needs, in fact, at a time when it finds itself in the dock.” (People Management)
Digby Jones is a thought-provoking and entertaining speaker, whether delivering keynote presentations on competitiveness or addressing business audiences after dinner. He mixes hard fact with anecdotes, and passion with experience.
“Thought-provoking issues, excellent analysis, perfect presentation and the right amount of humour.” Brindex
“Digby exceeded our expectations and the audience reaction was very positive.” CB Richard Ellis
“Lord Jones was excellent – enthralled audience – full room. He had a great rapport with the audience and was happy to talk over his agreed time (as asked). It was a pleasure to meet him and involve him with the event.” Emap
“He certainly fulfilled his objective of livening the audience up after lunch.” Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
“Lord Jones’ speech was engaging and entertaining and we are pleased he made such a great impression on our guests. The feedback we have received has been fantastic.” Northsound Radio
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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