Visit by Dr Hywel Ceri Jones
Dr Hywel Ceri Jones and his wife Morwenna visited the BEACON facilities on Tuesday 19 April and were given a guided tour by Professor Iain Donnison, who explained how European funding is being used to benefit Welsh businesses through collaboration with BEACON.
From 1993 to 1998, Dr Jones held senior posts in the European Commission: Director of Education, Training and Youth Policy, Director of the task force for human resources, education and training with responsibility for the conception of the EU's flagship programmes including Erasmus and Tempus. Dr Jones was then appointed to act as Director General of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Policy and Industrial Relations (1993-1998). During this period he had responsibility for the European Social Fund and co-directed the EU's Peace and Reconciliation Programme in Northern Ireland. Subsequently, Dr Jones has acted as Chair of the European Policy Centre, Director of the European Network of Foundations, co-chair of the European Consortium of Foundations for Disability Rights, Governor of the European Culture Foundation and Trustee of Ecorys and the Federal Trust for Education and Research and of the Franco British Council. In 1998-9 he served as European Adviser to the Secretary of State for Wales, chairing the all Wales taskforce on Wales and Europe. In 2014-16 he has acted as one of the three European Funding Ambassadors to the Welsh Government, helping to promote and maximise the opportunities presented by the EU directly managed programmes.