Roderick and Sandi Rhys Jones have a long history of providing a range of marketing, management, communications and training services primarily in construction, engineering and technology.
For some 35 years our firm RhysJones Consultants worked across all sectors, including contractors, consultants, developers, suppliers, agents, representative organisations, national and local government in the UK, the European Union and internationally
Now, the two founding partners work as non executive directors, trustees and individual consultants, transferring their experience and skills into new areas - the arts, science, law and academia - as well as continuing to work within the built environment. They lead and advise not-for-profit and charitable ventures as well as working with commercial enterprises.
Whilst the majority of our early work was in the construction and technology sectors, we have moved more recently into the arts, law, leisure, science and academia.
For example, Roderick Rhys Jones for the past 16 years has chaired the Friends of Imperial College, a charity dedicated to raising the public awareness of science, engineering, medicine and management. Membership has increased tenfold, and its lectures, visits and overseas tours attract capacity audiences. In recognition of this work he was awarded the Imperial College President's Gold Medal.
Twelve years ago Roderick also set up the British Antarctic Monument Trust to commemorate those men and women who lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science. Raising £250,000 the Trust has dedicated a memorial in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, and a two part Antarctic Monument outside the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University and on the waterfront Stanley, Falkland Islands. In 2015 Roderick organised a three week voyage to the Falklands for the dedication of the monument and thence to South Georgia and the many places in Antarctica where the men had lived, worked and died.
He is currently writing books about his experiences as a surveyor in the Antarctic and travelling in North and South America, together with honing his illustrating skills with oil paints and watercolours.
Sandi Rhys Jones delivers management training programmes for organisations including Women in Property and Cushman & Wakefield and is in demand as a motivational speaker, conference chairman and facilitator. In parallel to her consultancy work, she has built a portfolio of non-executive appointments.
Sandi is currently on the board of EnviroBuild Ltd, Kennington Place Management Ltd and is a member of the business development group of the London Mozart Players, the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra. After serving as Deputy Chair of Trustees of the Royal Marines Museum for ten years, she is now helping the delivery of a new building for the museum as a member of the Seamore Project Board at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Her previous experience as a non executive director includes Docklands Light Railway, Simons Group Ltd and EngineeringUK.
A committed advocate for women's equality and development, she was appointed OBE for her services to promoting women in construction in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1998, received an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in 2005. She received a First Women of Property award in 2008. In 2015 she was appointed Fellow of the Women's Engineering Society.
Having been a journalist early in her career Sandi has continued to write and edit a wide range of publications and books. She is an active blogger and tweeter.