Chris Jones is CEO of the City & Guilds Group, a global leader in skills development. This includes City & Guilds activity as an awarding body in the UK, ILM, City & Guilds Kineo, which supports employers with learning and technology, The Oxford Group which provides bespoke management training and Digital me which designs credentials using open badges.
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. He is a member of the Business in the Community Talent and Skills Leadership team and the Employers in Education Taskforce Partnership Board. He is also a Governor at the Activate Learning group of colleges, formerly the Oxford and Cherwell Valley College Group.
Before joining City & Guilds, Chris held several senior management positions in Pearson and Reed Elsevier. 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.