Norfolk Network Events
Karen Jones CBE, co-founder of Café Rouge and Chancellor of UEA joined us for NN’s 15th anniversary
To celebrate Norfolk Network’s 15 Anniversary and our successful partnership with the business and the HE/FE communities in Norwich and Norfolk, our members enjoyed a fascinating evening with Karen Jones CBE, co-founder of Café Rouge and Chancellor of UEA.
Karen studied English and American literature at UEA in the late seventies, then enjoyed a stellar career, founding and growing companies large and small. She was appointed UEA’s new Chancellor in 2016, succeeding Rose Tremain, and is a strong influence on the cultivation of enterprise and entrepreneurship within the university, as well as helping to forge deeper links with industry.
Karen shared key insights from her entrepreneurial journey and her pivotal moments and decisions, to her non-executive interests today, and her vision as Chancellor of UEA.
Karen Jones co-founded the Café Rouge restaurant chain 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. She holds non-executive positions at National Theatre Enterprises Ltd in the UK and at Firmenich AG, and is an advisor to the board of Cofra Holdings in Switzerland. Karen is also Chairman of both Hawksmoor and Mowgli.