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Jonathan Rees biography

Lay Director

Jonathan Rees MA (Oxon)

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Jonathan is an expert in public policy focussing on regulatory issues and promoting the consumer interest. He is currently Independent Chair of the National Association of Funeral Directors, a Director of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (resolving student complaints), Lay Director of CILEX Regulation, Chair of the Royal institute of British Architects Standards Committee, and Trustee/Director of the Employers Network on Equality and Inclusion (the leading body promoting equality best practice). Previous Non-Executive Director roles include terms as a Trustee of Citizens Advice (a top 10 national charity providing advice for people needing help and support), the NACAB Pension Fund, as independent Director of the Lending Standards Board ( which provides regulation and standing setting for banks credit lending to consumers),and as a Director of Ombudsman Services ( a not-for-profit company providing independent complaints resolution for consumers in energy, telecommunications and retail sectors).

Prior to this he worked in the Civil Service for 35 years with a strong focus on strategy, regulation, change management and partnership working. His last role was as Director-General of the Government Equalities Office from 2008 to 2013.In this period he saw through a major overhaul of equalities legislation with the 2010 Equality Act, set up new partnerships to promote equality in the workplace, and developed the policy on same sex marriage.

After graduating in modern history from Jesus College Oxford, Jonathan worked in over 10 Government Departments both in Whitehall and overseas. Posts included three years in the No 10 Policy Unit advising successive Prime Ministers on strategy, seven years in Brussels dealing with European negotiations ( both in the European Commission and in the Foreign Office), spells in the Home Office, Cabinet Office, BEIS ( dealing with consumer and competition policy) and the Health and Safety Executive.