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Biography: Digby Jones

Lord Digby Jones is an accomplished keynote speaker, he was the Director-General of the CBI for six and a half years and was Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He has a vast amount of knowledge on business, which is evident in his speeches.

Digby grew up just outside of Birmingham and his family owned a corner shop where he worked when he was growing up and learnt a lot about business. He attended University College London and then became a lawyer with the Birmingham based firm Edge & Ellison, eventually becoming a Senior Partner. During his time with Edge & Ellison, Digby began to believe in the creation of socially inclusive wealth.

Digby began working for CBI in 2000 and it was here that he was able to put some of his ideas about business into action. Digby is known for his strong views on the public sector and his devotion to business. Digby was knighted for his services to business and became Sir Digby Jones in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

"Digby was excellent. He was described as inspirational by most delegates. He was relaxed, knowledgeable and engaging."
Chamber of Commerce

After leaving the CBI, Digby he spent a year working for Deloitte and Barclays, he also acted as the unpaid UK Skills Envoy. While working as the UK Skills Envoy, Digby was enraged by the number of people living in the UK who were illiterate and innumerate and felt strongly about changing this in order to develop a safer and healthier society.

In 2007 he became Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment, during which time he travelled to 31 different countries to promote British business all over the world. He was also made a life peer and was titled Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt. Forthright.

Currently, Digby is a crossbencher in the House of Lords and is also the Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited, Chairman of Grove Industries, Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars and JCB. Digby works as an advisor to Babcock International Group Plc and is the Chairman of the Emergency Services Advisory Board of Babcock International Group plc. He continues to advise companies on business in the UK and also internationally.

Digby’s business expertise and role in government make him an ideal choice of business keynote speaker for corporate events and his knowledge of trade, investment and social affairs makes for an impressive speech. Digby has spoken to both public and private sector organisations over the years and has the ability to mix serious messages with an element of humour. 

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