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Sir Jon Deacon Shortridge

KCB, MA (MSc Edin)

Sir Jon Shortridge retired in 2008 following a successful and varied career in the public sector. He worked initially in Whitehall and in local government before joining the Welsh Office in 1984. He was permanent secretary in Wales for over 9 years from 1999 to 2008, and had particular responsibility for establishing the National Assembly for Wales and for helping to make Welsh devolution a success.

He returned to the civil service briefly in 2009 as interim permanent secretary first of the Department of Universities, Innovation and Skills - and subsequently of the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. He has a number of non-executive roles which reflect his interest in corporate governance, higher education, and the voluntary sector.

He chairs the St Edmund Hall Remuneration Committee, and sits on the College's Development Committee. He is a former President of the St Edmund Hall Association.