About Mervyn Jones
Mervyn spent much of his career in the oil industry, with BP, where he held a number of positions in the UK and abroad related to oil trading and the development of refining and petrochemical assets. Since leaving BP, over the past 15 years, Mervyn has taken an active role in the growth of knowledge exchange and technology spin-outs from universities in Scotland. From the business perspective he has been chairman or a director of a number of companies including Aquamarine Power Ltd (a world-leading developer of wave energy technology), Surface Active Solutions Ltd (a high growth micro-emulsion oil clean up technology company) and SOI Ltd (a global player in the monitoring of sea mammal presence around industrial structures). In the arts he has supported innovation as chairman of UZ Arts Ltd. From the policy perspective, as a council member of the Scottish Funding Council he chaired the first knowledge transfer and innovation group from which emanated the voucher scheme which become a key element in the support process between SME’s and universities. Mervyn chaired the government instigated single knowledge exchange office working group which created the Innovation Scotland initiative.
Mervyn continues a close involvement with universities as a non-executive member of Court at the University of St Andrews. In the Scottish university research environment, in addition to being a member of the SFC research and knowledge exchange committee, he has taken an active engagement in the research ‘high flier’ crucible programme and is a member of the advisory board of the marine science research pool (MASTS).
Mervyn is active in the development of corporate governance through Maple Jones which provides advice to individual companies and tutors company directors through the Institute of Directors. He was awarded the Scottish non-executive director of the year award in 2009 and the UK director of the year for environmental responsibility in 2010.