Trefor Glyn Jones CBE CVO, Chancellor of Glyndŵr University

Chancellor Biography with image

As Chancellor, Trefor Jones CVO CBE is a figurehead for Glyndŵr University. He took up the role formally on 1st January 2016 for a three year term of office.

He acts as an ambassador for the university and its staff and students, attending special events and visits.

Trefor is a well-respected public figure in North Wales. He grew up in the West End of Rhyl and now lives in St Asaph with his wife Shirley and they have three children and six grandchildren.

During his early life he attended Emmanuel Secondary Modern School before going on to Flintshire and Denbighshire Technical Colleges.

He became an apprentice at De Havillands’ factory, now Airbus, in Broughton and worked there for 11 years before joining Pilkingtons in St Asaph. Working his way up, he became chairman and chief executive of Pilkington Optronics, later Thales, one of the largest employers in the region.

Trefor was awarded the CBE in 1998. He was the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd from 2001 to 2012,  and was awarded Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2012, an award conferred solely by the sovereign for services to the Queen or other members of the Royal family. The CVO was introduced in 1896 by Queen Victoria and is the prerogative of the sovereign, with no input from politicians.

Over the years Trefor has held a number of public appointments, including chairman of the North Wales Area Committee, chairman of Celtec, the Training and Enterprise Council for North Wales, member of the Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board, member of Clwyd Health Authority, vice-chairman of Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust, chairman of the former North East Wales Institute (Glyndwr University) and of North Wales Economic Forum, and deputy chairman of the Welsh Development Agency.

He is an active member of several charitable organisations connected with cancer and children, is the chairman of St Kentigern Hospice, and also chairman of Clwyd Justices’ Advisory Committee.