Asian Affairs Dinner Club: ‘ Asia’s Century: What’s in it for Britain?’

Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt

will speak on the subject of

‘Asia’s Century: What’s in it for Britain?’

Lord Jones began his schooldays at Alvechurch Primary School Birmingham (1960 – 1966) before winning a major scholarship to Bromsgrove School (1966 – 1974). He gained an Upper Second class Honours Degree in Law at University College London in 1977.He was awarded a University Cadetship in the Royal Navy (1974 – 1977) then took articles with the Birmingham corporate law firm Edge and Ellison in 1978. He made Partner at Edge and Ellison in 1984 and it was in corporate finance and client development that he made his name.

In 1998 he joined KPMG as vice chairman of Corporate Finance, acting as close advisor to many public companies across the United Kingdom and in KPMG’s global markets.

He served as Director-General of the CBI, the Confederation of British Industry, the UK’s ‘Voice of Business’, from 1 January 2000 to 30 June 2006 where he regularly visited businesses in the UK and worldwide. Following his departure from the CBI he held a number of senior corporate advisory positions.

In 2007 he served as the UK’s Skills Envoy, campaigning for both private and public sector employers to raise the level of skills of all of their employees to Level Two by 2010. He is a member of the UK India Business Council Advisory Board and a member of the Major Projects All Party Group established to look at the challenges associated with major infrastructure projects across the UK.

He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2005 New Year Honours’ List.

From 01 July 2007 to 04 October 2008 he served as the United Kingdom Minister of State for Trade & Investment accepting a lifetime peerage in the House of Lords where he now sits on the cross benches and is known as Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt

16 March 2015

Where: The meeting will be held at the David Lloyd George Room of the National Liberal Club. Members are asked to arrive in good time to allow dinner to be served promptly at 7.30 pm. A pre-dinner drink will be available from 7.00 pm in the Smoking Room. Dress is Lounge Suit/equivalent. Members may bring guests but they must be informed that the Club’s proceedings are conducted under the “Chatham House Rule”: “When a meeting or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

Tickets: RSAA Members only: £50 plus subscription to the Asian Affairs Dinner Club (£10 single/£15 couple)

25 OCT

UPCOMING EVENT

Report back on the Society Tour to Jordan

Where: 7.00 pm start at Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 - between Euston Station and Euston Square tube.

Tickets: Members and their guests only

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