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Roderick Rhys Jones BSc, ACGI, MCIM


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Sandi RhysJones 

Rod has over 40 years experience in marketing, specialising in the business to business, technical and professional sectors. A founder partner of RhysJones Consultants in 1976, he has particular expertise in construction, engineering and technology.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Rod has worked on many projects in the UK and overseas, particularly in market research, analysis and strategy formulation. He also has experience in marketing communications, including the production of marketing guidelines, training in marketing skills, corporate identity management, seminars, to audio-visual and brochure production.

Rod spent a year setting up a new department for fundraising and alumni relations at Imperial College during 2002. He recruited new people, built a new team, developed new administrative systems, launched new and successful events, developed new web services, reinvigorated the Friends of Imperial College and raised seven million pounds in new revenue for the college. He is currently Chairman of Friends of Imperial College organising scientific lectures and visits to the College.

Before forming the consultancy, Rod worked as a corporate planner for GKN Building Services, a marketing executive for Oscar Faber & Partners and as editor of The Consulting Engineer. Rod has a degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and after graduation, worked as a surveyor in the Falklands and in the Antarctic. He is Chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust, set up to raise money to create memorials to those killed in British Antarctic Territory in the pursuit of science. On 10 May 2011 a memorial was dedicated in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral close to the central aisle between the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. On 12 May the Northern part of the Antarctic Monument was unveiled outside the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. The Southern part of the Monument is to be placed on the waterfront of Stanley in the Falkland Islands - gateway to the Anarctice through which all scientists and Survey staff travelled South.

Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, CCMI, FCIOB, MCIM, ACIArb


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Richard Huxton 

Sandi Rhys Jones has some forty years experience in strategic marketing and management, communications and training for technical, professional and business to business organisations in the engineering and construction sectors. Since co-founding RhysJones Consultants in 1976, she has worked for a wide range of clients, including consultants, contractors, suppliers, representative organisations, local and national government.She is experienced in the management and practical implementation of business development and branding, including culture change, talent management and corporate communications.

In addition to delivering management and marketing services, she is increasingly in demand as a chair and facilitator at conferences, workshops and training seminars. She has also developed innovative training and development programmes, acting as coach and mentor, particularly for women in non-traditional occupations. You can read her thoughts on business on her blog Constructive women or her twitter account.

Sandi is an experienced non-executive director in commercial, public and not for profit organisations, including audit, finance and remuneration responsibilities and familiar with governance requirements for both public and private sector activity. She is currently a non executive director of EngineeringUK helping to promote the contribution that engineers, engineering and technology make, and to expand the diversity of talent within the sector. She spent ten years as Trustee of the Royal Marines Museum, five of these as deputy chair, stepping down in 2012.

Between 2002 and 2009 she was non executive director of Simons Group, a construction, design and property company employing some 600 people with a turnover of £188 million. A member of the Audit Committee and of the Strategic Marketing Group, she helped to establish innovative training and capacity building programmes. Prior to this, she was a non-executive director of Docklands Light Railway Ltd from February 1998 to October 2000, when it became part of Transport for London.

Sandi has a reputation for identifying and clarifying key issues, expressing complex matters in a straightforward way, managing conflict and building consensus. She has a knowledge of procuements, contracts and dispute resolution and completed the MSc Course in Construction Law and Arbitration at King's College London, achieving merit in all modules. Following this, she became an accredited mediator with the Centre for Dispute Resolution.

A passionate advocate for engineering and construction, Sandi believes that performance would improve if more women were involved and has campaigned for many years for changes that would attract and retain them. She has edited and contributed to a number of key reports on the issues around diversity in construction. She leads the Association of Women in Property national mentoring programme, which brings together women across a variety of disciplines in order to improve business performance as well as personal development through greater understanding of the property and built environment process.

Between 2006 and 2011 Sandi was Vice Chair of the Governing Body of the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology, set up and funded by DIUS to address the under-representation of women in these sectors following the Set Fair report by Baroness Susan Greenfield.

She was a founder member of the Raising the Ratio Task Force at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which in six years saw the number of women in the RICS worldwide increase from 10% to 15%. Between 1997 and 2002 she was a trustee and chair of Women’s Education in Building, a charity that trained large numbers of disadvantaged women in the building trades and IT. Sandi leads the Association of Women in Property national mentoring programme, which brings together women across a variety of disciplines in order to improve business performance as well as personal development through greater understanding of the property and built environment process.

Sandi was appointed OBE in 1998 for her work promoting women in construction, became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building in 2002 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in 2005. In 2012 she was appointed a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute in 2012. She was listed in Who's Who in 2012.

In a place far from business she has extensive interests in the arts, travel, food and family. You can read more about her interests in her blog Parallel universe.,

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