Chair of Council

John Jeans CBE
John Jeans CBE

John Jeans became Chair of Cardiff University Council in January 2012. 

He has had a successful career in the Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic industries and served the Medical Research Council (MRC) as its first Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer from January 2009 to July 2011.

In 2012 he was appointed a CBE for services to Life Science, Healthcare and Science.

He has held senior roles at GE Healthcare and at Nycomed Amersham International PLC (which later became GE Healthcare), including Chairman of GE Healthcare Limited and President, Life Sciences Commercial Operations. During his time at the company he was responsible for driving significant cross-business growth initiatives in the UK. He also launched several new business enterprises, including a clinical imaging service for the pharmaceutical industry.

As the most senior operational leader in the MRC, Mr Jeans was directly accountable for all corporate functions, regional management, major projects and certain intramural programmes. He helped restructure the Council's interactions with industry and led the MRC's involvement in creating the Francis Crick Institute, including the securing of Government funding.

Mr Jeans has held senior positions in general management, as well as sales, marketing, manufacturing, research & development and operations functions, including board appointments in Japan, USA and Europe.

He is currently Chair of MRC Technology and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Wales.