Graham Jones

HR Lead

Graham has significant experience as a local authority HR Director with a proven track record of delivering transformational workforce change across service and organisational boundaries.

Having led human resource, health & safety, occupational health and learning, training & development teams for 20 years, Graham is a proven leader committed to the successful delivery of high quality people management solutions based on a good understanding of business needs and insightful collaborative working; workforce planning is used as an essential component of the process of business change.

In addition to his role as Head of HR at Neath Port Talbot Council for nearly 20 years, Graham is a former Chair of the Welsh Local Authority HR Director Network and was HR Adviser to the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) for 10 years; he is widely recognised for his ability to plan strategically and to deliver operationally.

Graham is a strong advocate of social partnership working and has delivered transformational change in social partnership with the trade unions at local, regional and national levels; early and meaningful employee and trade union engagement is a key feature of this way of working.

Current roles include being a member of the Public Services Staff Commission and Director of a HR consultancy undertaking projects for primarily Welsh local authority clients; Graham was previously the HR lead for the ERW regional school improvement consortium for several years, working at a strategic level with 6 local authorities and over 500 schools.

Graham co-developed with the WLGA, and presented to the Welsh Government First Minister in 2013 – “Facing the Future Together” – an analysis of the impact of austerity measures on the employment, pay and conditions of service of local government employees in Wales and the issues arising for social partnership working.

Graham led the development and adoption by the WLGA, Welsh Government and Wales TUC of an All-Wales Local Government Workforce Cost Reduction Plan in 2012 with the aim of safeguarding local authority employment to the greatest extent possible at that time.

He also led trade union negotiations which resulted in Neath Port Talbot Council becoming the first local authority in Wales to introduce both an equality-proofed pay & grading structure for 7,000 employees and a multi-million pound settlement of historical equal pay liabilities, without litigation; social partnership working was a key feature of this major programme of work.

Graham has led Chief Executive and numerous Director-level recruitment exercises, along with large scale organisational reviews.

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