Lord Clement-Jones CBE
Chair of Council
Originally qualifying as a solicitor, Tim Clement-Jones’ career developed at Grand Metropolitan and London Weekend Television before moving into what was Woolworth’s as Company Secretary, and taking on the broader role of Group Company Secretary and Legal Adviser as it became Kingfisher Plc, a role he held for nearly a decade from 1986. He went on to join DLA Piper, as Co-Chair of Global Government Relations, DLA Piper’s government and media relations practice. He has maintained a role with DLA Piper, and is currently Managing Partner for London, alongside a notable role in politics.
His political career originated as a volunteer at the North Kensington Law Centre as he completed his articles at Clifford Chance. He went on to become Secretary to the Association of Liberal Lawyers, and by 1986 he was Chairman of the Liberal Party. He was a key figure in the merger negotiations with the SDP to form the Liberal Democrats and was Treasurer of the Party from 2005-2010. He has been both health spokesperson - he in fact piloted the Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship Bill through the House as a Private Members' Bill – and creative industries (Culture, Media and Sport) which, alongside roles from Trustee of the Barbican Centre and the Advisory Board of the College of Medicine, give an indication of the breadth of his interests and knowledge.
Tim is highly experienced as a spokesperson and enjoys external engagement activities – this is evident from his roles as the Director of the Liberal Democrats' campaign for the European Elections, Vice-Chair of the Party's 1997 General Election Campaign team and Chair of the 2000 and 2004 London Mayoral and Assembly campaigns. Tim also brings a wealth of experience in developing international contacts. His current international role as Chair of DLA Piper’s China and Middle East Desks is built upon a range of private and public positions; he has been Deputy Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on China, Turkey and the UAE and a member of the International Advisory Committee of Huawei Technologies.
Tim’s involvement with higher education includes playing a significant role in managing the integration of the School of Pharmacy into UCL (for which he was made an honorary fellow) and serving as a member of Council and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of UCL. Tim currently travels overseas – primarily China, the Middle East and the US – at least four times a year for his board roles.