Chair of Council

John Jeans CBE
John Jeans CBE CEng Bsc MIChemE

John Jeans has been Chairman of the Council of Cardiff University since January 2012. 

He is Chairman of Imanova, an imaging research partnership between three London Universities and the Medical Research Council. In addition he chairs the Board of UK Biocentre Ltd, is a non-executive Director of Renishaw plc and a Board member of the University and College Employers Association. 

An advisor to public sector organizations, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2014 as a Life Science Champion for the medical technology sector. John leads Innovate UK's Stratified Medicine advisory board and the Knowledge Transfer Network's Health Board. He is also Chair of the Strategic Advisory Panel for the Singapore Government's Diagnostics Hub. He has served on many Government bodies including Co-Chairmanship of a Ministerial Committee on Medical Technologies, was an inaugural member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales and a founder Trustee of the Francis Crick Institute.

John was previously the Deputy Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, a member of its Audit and Risk Committee and chaired the trustee board of MRC Technology.

In an industrial career spanning 35 years he held senior international leadership positions in global companies including Smith & Nephew, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Amersham plc (now GE Healthcare). John headed the commercial function of GE's Life Science business and was the Chairman of its UK Healthcare Company. His domain experience ranges from medical devices and therapeutic pharmaceuticals to in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics; encompassing research, product development, manufacturing and commercialization.

John is engaged with local and national charities including the Abbeyfield Beaconsfield Society, Thames Valley Enterprise, Young Enterprise, and the Clare Foundation. 

As Chair of Council, John is also Chair of Policy and Resources Committee, Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee.

He was awarded the CBE for services to Life Sciences, Healthcare and Science in 2012.