Jones was educated at the University of East Anglia (BA, 1978) and went on to study at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She co-founded, and subsequently floated, The Pelican Group Plc, owner of a number of restaurant chains including Café Rouge. She also served as CEO of Spirit Group from 1999 to 2006, which was later purchased by Punch Taverns. She was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2016.
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