Digby Jones appears regularly on television, radio and in the newspapers, being known for his firm views on numerous aspects of life in a globalised economy. He is an active public speaker at events and engagements all over the UK and overseas fulfilling his vision of promoting socially inclusive wealth creation and fighting for business and reform of public services. He champions the UK’s role in the world as a home of global competitiveness.
In 2000 Digby was appointed Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry, the UK’s ‘Voice of Business’, and was able to put some of his ideas and beliefs into action. During his six and a half years as DG of the CBI, he became well-known in the public arena, particularly for his candid, forthright attitude in his many media appearances. He campaigned relentlessly on a range of issues including the move from traditional manufacturing of commodities to value-added, innovative products and the development of globally competitive services. He also lobbied against protectionism.
Digby served as the UK’s Skills Envoy, an unpaid role, where he became outraged about the levels of adult illiteracy and innumeracy in the UK. He campaigned for both private and public-sector employers constantly to raise the level of skills of all of their employees.
Digby was Member of the House of Lords between 2007-2020. Nowadays Digby runs his own Business, Digby Jones LLP and advises in many paid and unpaid roles. In 2005 he was Knighted for his Services to Business and Charity and became Sir Digby Jones in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.