Director for Justice, Security and Migration and DExEU Chief Scientific Adviser

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

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Biography

Chris is the Director for Justice, Security and Migration and the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department for Exiting the European Union. He was appointed as DExEU CSA in October 2017. His academic background is Physics and Environmental Science, Policy and Planning.

He was previously the Counsellor for Justice and Home Affairs in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU from 2013 to 2016, where his responsibilities included the response to the EU’s migration crisis and recent terrorist attacks.

Chris has spent most of his Civil Service career in the Home Office, before being seconded to the European Commission from 2000 to 2003 as a National Expert on criminal justice and security issues, and later to the FCO in Afghanistan in 2004 to 2005. More recently, he returned to the Home Office as a Head of Unit in the Office for Security and Counter- terrorism.

Director for Justice, Security and Migration

The Director for Justice, Security and Migration is responsible within DExEU for negotiations with the EU on law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation, civil judicial cooperation, data protection, citizens’ rights and the UK’s future mobility relationship with the EU.

DExEU Chief Scientific Adviser

The DExEU CSA works closely with the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and the wider CSA network to ensure appropriate scientific advice is provided to inform Government decisions and positions in relation to EU exit. Lead government departments are responsible for providing specific scientific advice on their policy areas.

Chris works closely with the Market Access and Budget (MAB) directorate, who lead on coordinating the UK’s approach to negotiations with the EU on Science & Innovation (S&I) and with the department’s Chief Statistician and Chief Economists.

Chris is also Head of Profession for Science and Engineering for the Government Science and Engineering Profession (GSE) within the Department, and works closely with the Government CSA and Departmental CSAs as part of the CSA Network to help strengthen Government’s Science and Engineering capability and evidence base.

Director for Justice, Security and Migration

DExEU Chief Scientific Adviser