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10 January

Sad news of OV Sir David Jones

We were greatly saddened to learn of the death of OV Sir David Jones (Cr 53-60) who passed away on the 28th December 2019. David is best known for leading retailer Next from a time of crisis to great success in the 80’s and 90’s.

David left King’s in 1960 and went to work at Worcester company Kays before moving on to Grattan and then joining Next in 1986. Two years later, he became Chief Executive and helped save Next from collapse and reversed their fortunes so that Next became the third biggest fashion chain in the UK. David’s success is especially impressive given he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the early 1980’s aged just 38, although he kept this private until 2001.

David is remembered by OVs as an outstanding man, charming, friendly and attentive.