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Chris Jones

Chair of the Corporation

C_Jones_Photo.pngSince joining in 2008, Chris has led the City & Guilds Group to significantly grow its impact, which enables further investment in the organisation to benefit its learners. The City & Guilds Group exists to help people, organisations and economies develop their skills for growth. It is City & Guilds Group’s 140 year track-record of benefiting learners that Chris is so passionate about. He feels he is the custodian of a great heritage of helping people get the skills they need to unleash their talents and achieve their full potential.

Chris plays a prominent role in driving the national skills agenda – something he has personal experience of as he followed the vocational education path himself. After a year of university, he decided to leave to take a practical marketing and sales course, which set the foundation for his career.

Before joining City & Guilds Group, Chris held several senior management positions in publishing and education. In his former post, he transformed Harcourt Education International, implementing a customer-centred vision to grow revenue. Chris also served as Senior Vice President at LexisNexis Risk Management Group and Group Director at Financial Times Electronic Publishing.

Chris lives in Oxfordshire, and being the Chair of the Activate Learning Group is an ideal opportunity for him to support this important area of education across the Thames Valley.