"I'm looking forward to bring my background of working in the public, private and third sectors to help shape the future direction of the Big Lottery Fund in Wales, and seeing the difference the funding our initiatives will make to people and communities in need."
Simon started his career working for a news magazine, Rebecca, in Wales before working as a Research Officer, first for the Transport and General Workers’ Union and then the Wales TUC. He was then for 10 years the Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre which under his leadership became the largest such agency in the UK.
First becoming involved in the NHS as a member of South Glamorgan Health Authority in 1989, he went on to be the Chair of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust for over six years and before that Chair of Bro Taf Health Authority.
He has been a Trustee of the Industrial Common Ownership Fund, a member of the United Kingdom Co-operative Council and was a member of the Welsh Government’s community housing mutual working group. Simon chaired the independent Commission which reviewed the National Assembly for Wales’ Voluntary Sector Scheme and was a member of the Council of Cardiff University. He was also an Independent Board member for RCT Homes as well as a Charity Commission Board member for five years.
Born in London of Welsh parents Simon Jones moved to Wales after reading Politics at Exeter University. He has presented two Radio Wales Series on fly fishing.