The former Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Digby Jones possess a vast experience in business and finance. His role in government and his knowledge of trade, investment and social affairs means he is ideally suited as a keynote speaker at corporate events.
Lord Digby Jones is an accomplished keynote speaker who was formerly the Director-General of the CBI and the Minister of State for Trade and Investment.
Known for his strong views on the public sector and his devotion to business, Digby’s business expertise and role in government make him an ideal choice for corporate events.
His knowledge of trade, investment and social affairs makes for an impressive speech covering a range of topics; for example, as a supporter of EU referendum for Britain to leave Europe, Digby is able to discuss the Brexit and its impact on these areas.
Digby learned a lot about business early on while growing up just outside of Birmingham where he worked for his family-owned corner shop. After attending University College London, he became a lawyer, and eventually a Senior Partner, with the Birmingham-based firm Edge & Ellison; it was during his time here that Digby began to believe in the creation of socially inclusive wealth.
In 2000, Digby began working for the CBI where he was able to put some of his ideas about business into action.
After leaving the CBI, Digby spent a year working for Deloitte and Barclays. He also acted as the unpaid UK Skills Envoy, during which time he became enraged by the number of people living in the UK who were illiterate and innumerate; he felt strongly about changing this in order to develop a safer and healthier society.
In 2007, Digby became Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment; in this role, he travelled to 31 different countries to promote British business all over the world. He was also made a life peer and was knighted for his services to business to become Sir Digby Jones in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Currently, Digby is a crossbencher in the House of Lords, as well as the Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited, Chairman of Grove Industries, and Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars and JCB.
He also works as an advisor to Babcock International Group Plc and is the Chairman of the Emergency Services Advisory Board of Babcock International Group plc.
Over the years, Digby has spoken to both public and private sector organisations and has the ability to mix serious messages with an element of humour. He continues to advise companies on business in the UK and also internationally.