Top UN job for ex-Buxton man

A former pupil of Burbage school has been appointed to a major post with the United Nations.

Simon Jones, who used to live on Macclesfield Road, is to be Director of the United Nations International Computer Sector.

He will control and develop computer operations at all UN bases in Geneva, New York, Rome, Brindisi and Kuala Lumpur.

From Burbage, Simon won a scholarship to Manchester Grammar School, followed by a further scholarship to Cambridge University, where he achieved first class honours in maths

He then entered industry, gaining experience with several international companies, including ICI, and earning a worldwide reputation for his expertise in computer science.

Currently, he is a senior civil servant in Whitehall, where he is Director of Business Solutions at the Department for International Development.

Simon, whose parents Colin and Ann Jones now live in Combs, will assume his new role in November and will be based in Geneva.

Colin, a retired university lecturer, told the Advertiser: “This is a huge job and we are naturally extremely proud of Simon.

“He has worked hard and used his talents to the full.

“He thoroughly merits the confidence the United Nations are placing in him.”