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Business experts join UEA leadership

Lucy Marks
Norfolk Network

Café Rouge founder Karen Jones CBE will be UEA’s new chancellor. Former chair of Ford Britain Joe Greenwell CBE becomes the new chair of UEA Council – the university’s governing body. And Mark Williams, former partner at professional services giant Deloitte, is named as the university’s new treasurer.

The three appointments underpin the university’s key corporate objective to develop an enterprising campus culture that is second to none and to promote UEA’s reputation at home and abroad. All three are graduates of UEA and keen to lend their wealth of commercial expertise and experience to help the university enhance its links with industry and encourage enterprising staff and students as they develop their own business ideas.

“I am delighted and honoured to become the next chancellor of UEA
and am very much looking forward to working with Joe Greenwell,
David Richardson and the whole team at UEA to continue and develop
its reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative universities."
Karen Jones CBE

Entrepreneur Karen Jones was born in Lancashire and educated at the University of East Anglia, where she studied English and American Literature from 1975 to 1979, also attending Wellesley College in the USA. She co-founded the Café Rouge chain of restaurants in 1989, became CEO of the Spirit pub group in 1999, and is co-founder and chair of the Food and Fuel group of London gastro-pubs and café bars as well as holding Non Executive positions at Booker plc, National Theatre Enterprises Ltd, Firmenich AG and Cofra Holdings (the latter two in Switzerland).

Joe Greenwell studied English and American Literature at UEA between 1970 and 1973 and worked in the automotive industry for four decades, holding a variety of senior roles at Jaguar, Ford Europe and Ford North America. He retired from Ford Britain in 2013 after four years as chairman and is currently chairman of the RAC Foundation. He has served as an independent member of UEA Council since 2013.

Mark Williams studied History and French at UEA from 1981 to 1985. He is a former partner at Deloitte, one of the UK’s ‘big four’ professional services companies. After recently retiring from a career in the accounting industry, Mark has been involved with a number of organisations and is currently chairman of Protective Film Solutions (Europe) Ltd. He has served as an independent member of Council since 2014.