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Professor Derek Jones - Director, Business & Strategic Partnerships

Derek Jones

Derek Jones is the University’s Director of Business and Strategic Partnerships. His role is to help the University identify opportunities for long-term partnerships with the business sector, in Wales and beyond; to share expertise and improve the commercialisation of the University’s knowledge and research. Working closely with government, this will build on Cardiff's strengths and deliver academic and commercial value to the University and economic benefit to Wales.

Additionally, he is working with the Wales Governance Centre, the School of European Studies’ Politics Department and Cardiff Business School to help develop the University’s academic strengths in areas associated with governance and devolution.

He is a Cardiff graduate having read Philosophy, with a particular interest in ethics and political theory. His early civil service career was spent mainly in Whitehall in a series of fast-stream appointments at the Treasury and the Department of Trade & Industry. He returned to Wales in 1989, joining the Welsh Office as Head of Industrial Policy; and subsequently Head of Finance Programmes, Director of the Industry & Training department, and Director of Economic Affairs. Following the creation of the National Assembly in 1999, as Senior Director, he has been a central figure in the operation of devolved government in Wales.

Professor Jones is an Honorary Professor of the University. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2009 New Year’s honours list.

Tel: 029 2087 4480