Dr Llyr Jones, head of group strategy at BAE Systems, has joined the Strategic Planning Society (SPS) Board of Trustees.
SPS chairman Ian McDonald Wood says that his appointment is a significant development. “Llyr’s acceptance of our invitation to join the Board of Trustees and his appointment represent an important step forward for the Society in pursuit of our mission and our vision to elevate strategy towards becoming a professional discipline. Llyr is a strategist of considerable standing and experience. He will surely help us to make real progress.”
Indeed, Jones has over 20 years of operational, strategy and business development experience within major international corporations. His areas of expertise include corporate and business-level strategy, M&A, business development, policy, defence and security geopolitics and full P&L general management. He has worked in senior positions with BAE Systems, MBDA, Thales and their predecessor companies. He has also been managing director of Niteworks, a unique government-industry partnership looking at improving future UK military capabilities.
Jones’ appointment to the SPS Board comes at an important time for the Society. Membership is significantly increasing and moves are underway to achieve the SPS vision of becoming the international leading body for strategy, in the process leading the evolution of strategy from a management practice to a recognised professional discipline.
Speaking of his appointment Jones says he is delighted to be joining the SPS Board at this historic juncture. “In today’s challenging market environment, business strategy matters a lot. The Society has an important contribution to make in building a community of practice and supporting thought leadership.”
Jones holds degrees from a number of UK universities, including a PhD from the University of Southampton and an MBA from the Business School at Loughborough University. He is a Chartered Director, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Strategic Planning Society. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors, a Freeman of the City of London and a Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.