Sir Jon Shortridge, Chancellor of Glyndŵr University
As Chancellor, Sir Jon Shortridge is a figurehead for Glyndŵr University.
He acts as an ambassador for the university and its staff and students, attending special events and visits.
He was, until his retirement in 2008, the leading civil servant in Wales as Permanent Secretary of the Assembly.
Sir Jon was made an honorary fellow of the university in 2011, and pursues a wide range of interests including acting as chair of Community Service Volunteers, the UK’s largest volunteering charity.
Having obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MSc in Urban Design and Regional Planning from Edinburgh University, he joined the civil service as a social researcher in 1969.
Sir Jon moved to the Welsh Office in 1984, later acting as Private Secretary to two Secretaries of State for Wales. From 1988 to 1992 he was head of the Welsh Office’s finance division. He subsequently reorganised local government in Wales before being appointed Director of Economic Affairs in 1997, with responsibility for establishing the National Assembly for Wales.
He was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Wales Office in 1999, going on to assume the same position at the newly-formed Assembly.
While he retired from that role in 2008, he returned briefly to the civil service in 2009 as interim permanent secretary at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and subsequently at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
Sir Jon was knighted in 2002 and now lives in Shrewsbury. He is married, with two children and four grandchildren.
In his role as Chancellor Sir Jon presides over Glyndŵr University’s annual awards ceremonies and acts as a point of advice for the university.