Dylan Jones-Evans is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Bristol Business School at the University of the West of England. He has held senior posts in various universities since 1996. He is visiting professor of entrepreneurship at Turku University in Finland and has worked as consultant for the OECD, EU and other economic development bodies. He also served as Vice President (UK) for the European Council of Small Business.
He has developed over £40 million of research and development projects and has published over 100 academic articles within refereed journals, academic books and conferences. Along with Professor Sara Carter, he is author of the best-selling textbook ‘Enterprise and Small Business’.
He is the founder of the Wales Fast Growth Fifty (the annual barometer of entrepreneurship within Welsh business), and co-founder of the Cardiff Business Awards and the Wales Start-Up Awards.
He is a trustee of Prime Cymru (one of the Prince of Wales' charities) and non-executive director of ICE - the largest incubator in Wales. He has been special adviser to the House Of Commons Select Committee on Welsh Affairs, and a member of the boards of Finance Wales, the Institute of Welsh Affairs and IOD in Wales. He also the only person to write a weekly column in the Western Mail and Daily Post – the two main newspapers in Wales.
Dylan served on the Business Advisory Panel for the Secretary of State for Wales and recently chaired a major review to create a new Development Bank for Wales for the Welsh Government. He is a currently a member of both the REAP panel guiding entrepreneurship policy in Wales and the Port Talbot Enterprise Zone board.
He was responsible for securing a star for Richard Burton on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was awarded an OBE in 2013 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.