Lord Digby Jones
Lord Digby Jones is well known as a great supporter of British Business. He grew up in a corner shop close to “The Austin” car plant in the West Midlands and earned a scholarship to Bromsgrove School where he worked hard, played hard (a keen rugby player and sportsman), and became Head Boy.
This was followed by a career in the Royal Navy followed by a degree in Law from University College London and many successful years as a Corporate Lawyer in the West Midlands.
Since then he was Director General of the CBI (2000-06) where he became well known on British media for his forthright views on business and its importance in our society. In 2006 Digby Jones was knighted for his Services to British Business and became styled as Sir Digby Jones.
In 2007 – 08 he was Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment in Gordon Brown’s Government and known as a GOAT (Government of All the Talents). He famously did not join the party and declared he “wouldn’t join the others either” saying the job should be seen outside the “Greasy Pole of Westminster” and that his constituency would be “Business”. He became Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham and joined the cross benches in the House of Lords.
Today, Digby speaks around the world, speaking up for businessmen and businesswomen wherever possible and chairs a number of UK businesses including OnLogistics, Triumph Motorcycles & Thatchers Cider. He is a non-executive & Adviser to many other businesses including Babcock International Group & one of his personally most rewarding roles is that of NED of Leicester Tigers.
His most recent book, “Fixing Business: Making Profitable Business work for the Good of all” was published by Wiley in April 2017.