Chris Jones

Newly appointed to the role of CEO for BMJ in April 2020, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to BMJ from a very successful career across the publishing and learning sectors.

Chris has a passion for working in and leading purpose based organisations and strongly believes that only in purpose led organisations are you able to connect the motivations and core beliefs of all the people inside the business with the values of the people and customers they serve.

He was previously the Group CEO of the City & Guilds Group, a leading educational charity, for 12 years, leading its transformation from an examinations board operating in the UK to a work-based learning organisation operating globally. During this time, the group made a number of acquisitions, most notably in digital learning and learning technology platforms. Chris was also responsible for setting up the City & Guilds Foundation, an organisation purely focused on helping the most disadvantaged individuals access education employment.

Before joining City & Guilds Group, Chris held senior leadership positions in the US and UK with Reed Elsevier as the CEO of its non-US education business and as SVP of Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions. Prior to joining Reed Elsevier, Chris worked for the Pearson Plc as Commercial Director for The Financial Times Electronic Publishing Group.

Outside of his day job, Chris has been the Chair of the Board for Activate Learning Group, a major FE College Group operating in the Thames Valley and a member of the Business in the Community Leadership team.