Gavin Jones joined the organisation as Chief Executive in January 2016.
Previously he was Chief Executive of Swindon Borough Council, initially joining in 2003 to work alongside its interim Chief Executive to help stabilise what was at that time a failing authority.
Following his appointment as Chief Executive in 2006, he drove a programme of improvement and transformation, helping secure savings of more than £300 million and raising the profile of the Council.
Gavin joined the telecoms industry from school in 1981 gaining a grounding in IT and project management before moving to TSB in 1988. In 1991 he joined Galileo International, a global distribution system used by travel agents, where he was Business Development Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa and responsible for developing their multi-national customer base.
In 1999 he joined Spring IT plc, a FTSE 250 business, initially as General Manager, before being promoted to Director of Services, Product Development and Marketing.
He was headhunted by SITA (a global airline and telecommunications provider) in 2000 as Vice President for Customer Services and Marketing, before being promoted to the Senior leadership team in Geneva.
Looking to do something different in 2003 he joined the public sector supporting the Council within his home town of Swindon as Deputy Chief Executive, before becoming Chief Executive in 2006.
Gavin is also a Board Member of the national think tank the New Local Government Network, (NLGN), a Trustee of the Prospect Hospice, and a Board Director of SOLACE Enterprises.
He is regularly voted one of the most influential leaders in Local Government and was listed as one of the top 50 ‘New Radicals’ in the Sunday Observer’s national campaign for Britain’s most innovative leaders.