Lord Digby Jones
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Digby Jones began his career working in corporate law. He went on to become Director General of the CBI and then served a year in Gordon Brown’s government as Minister of State for Trade and Investment as well as contributing as a non-executive director and chairman to a number of diverse companies. An independent Crossbench Peer, Digby appears regularly on television, radio and in the newspapers where he is highly respected for his views. He won Celebrity Mastermind and presented the TV series, The New Troubleshooter in addition to Radio 4’s The Business Covenant. An established author, Lord Digby is also much acclaimed for his no-nonsense approach to public speaking. His thought provoking and highly original presentations are tailored to the client’s individual needs combine personal anecdotes and hard facts on such topics as business strategy, the world’s economy, political issues and HR training.

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It may be said that Digby Jones was born into the business world having spent the early years of his life living with his parents and sister in a busy corner shop on the outskirts of Birmingham. Not surprisingly he came to understand the importance of good customer service and the concept of profit and loss from a young age, the basics of which proved to be a good foundation for the future.

When his parents sold the shop to pursue diverse careers, Digby learnt not only the value of money but of community, further qualities along with leadership which developed through his time in the Royal Navy and at university.

Following graduation, he spent 20 years with Edge & Ellison, a Birmingham-based firm of lawyers, where he progressed through the ranks from Articled Clerk to Senior Partner. In 2000, Digby joined the CBI ultimately spending six years as Director General and finally becoming known in the public arena. Following this period he joined the government under Gordon Brown’s administration and served as Minister of State for Trade and Investment during which time he lobbied energetically for British business as well as contributing as a non-executive director and chairman to a number of diverse companies. In 2018 he took up the role of Chairman for Triumph Motorcycles.

An independent Crossbench Peer, Digby appears regularly on television, radio and in the newspapers where he is highly respected for his views. 

He won Celebrity Mastermind and presented the TV series, The New Troubleshooter in addition to Radio 4’s The Business Covenant. An established author, Lord Digby is also much acclaimed for his no-nonsense approach to public speaking. His thought provoking and highly original presentations are tailored to the client’s individual needs combine personal anecdotes and hard facts on such topics as business strategy, the world’s economy, political issues and HR training.

Mixing anecdotes with facts and experience Digby’s presentations are thought-provoking and entertaining whether he is addressing a business conference or after dinner audience.

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