Legal business DWF's Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Engagement Ty Jones has been appointed as a new board member of PRIME, an alliance of 80 UK law firms and legal departments which aims to encourage social mobility across the legal profession by providing fair access to work experience opportunities.
Building on the firm's existing support of PRIME, Ty's appointment as a board member will allow him to take a more active role in the development of the organisation's initiatives as it looks to introduce new projects, including a contextualised recruitment system tool and a new best practice guide, to achieve its strategic objectives.
In his role at DWF, Ty has spearheaded the business's award-winning approach to CSR, which emphasizes visible leadership, people engagement and measurable impact. He also has responsibility for the design and implementation of the firm’s diversity & inclusion agenda, with a particular focus on reducing barriers to entry to the legal profession.
Ty Jones commented: "As a business, identifying meaningful ways in which we can support the young people in our communities is key, whether that's through training, education or practical work experience placements. With too high a proportion of youth in the UK facing unemployment, enhancing social mobility is a real challenge - particularly for the legal sector - and it's imperative that we take steps towards closing the employment gap and reducing the extent to which a young person's background determines their success. PRIME is making a real difference in encouraging access to the legal profession, and I'm thrilled to be joining them."
PRIME Chair Nicholas Cheffings said: "With over 80 law firms from around the UK collaborating to provide fairer access to the legal profession, our members contribute a broad range of views, experiences and perspectives which are now better matched and represented at Board level with the addition of our new members. Ty's regional outlook will prove invaluable. Both he and DWF have shown themselves to be very committed to enhancing social mobility in the profession and I am delighted that he accepted the invitation to join our Board."
Ty Jones is also a member of Business in the Community's Regional Advisory Board in the North West and sits on the leadership group driving the Scottish National Action Plan for Responsible Business. He is also a spokesperson for BITC's #jargonfreejobs campaign, recently launched to encourage employers to remove barriers preventing young people accessing the world of work, and is also a member of CIPD's Senior Diversity Network and Public Policy Forum.