Meet the team
Profile of the director - and contact details for our team members
Emma Watkins: Director, CBI Wales
Emma Watkins is director of the CBI in Wales, a post she has held since January 2012. In this role she is responsible for managing the CBI’s relationships with the Welsh Government and other stakeholders, acting as the figurehead for the CBI in Wales. She is responsible for member recruitment and retention, as well as our commercial events programme.
Emma is a director of the Wales Social Partners Unit, which has been established to help business organisations interact with the Assembly. She is a member of the secretary of state for Wales’ Business Advisory Group, the Welsh Government’s Council for Economic Renewal, the first minister’s Airport Taskforce, the Wales Employment and Skills Board, as well as a number of other bodies. She is a business opinion columnist for the Western Mail, and regular media commentator and speaker.
Emma has been with the CBI since 2003, during which time she has been head of Public Services Policy, principal policy adviser in the CBI’s Brussels office, and head of Policy for the CBI in Wales.
Prior to the CBI, Emma worked as a political researcher for two different Assembly Members in the National Assembly for Wales, during its first four years. Originally from St Davids, Pembrokeshire Emma holds an MSc Econ in the European Policy Process, and a BSc Econ degree in Politics and Modern History, both of which are from Cardiff University.
Emma is a governor of a primary school in inner city Cardiff, and a participant in the Arts and Business Cymru professional development programmes seeking to share expertise across the two sectors.
In her free time Emma enjoys the arts, travelling and is a season ticket holder at Cardiff City FC.
Ian Price: Assistant director CBI Wales and South West
Ian's role is recruitment of new members and retention of current members for Wales and the South West.
He also runs the Enterprise Forum in Wales and monitors SME procurement in the public sector.
Ian has responsibility for schools engagement for members in the South West and runs a series of regular private member dinners in both Wales and the South West.
Prior to joining the CBI, Ian was a director of Acorn Recruitment for 10 years and before that served in the RAF.
Leighton Jenkins: Assistant director - policy, CBI Wales
Leighton Jenkins is assistant director - policy at CBI Wales, where he is responsible for working with CBI members to develop devolved policies, building strong links with all levels of government on behalf of Welsh businesses, and representing the voice of business in Wales.
Born in Bridgend, Leighton studied at King's College London, gaining a law degree and a theology diploma, he then went on to study at Cardiff University gaining a master's degree in European policy. He is also a Trustee of Chwarae Teg.
Jennifer Jordan: Regional executive, CBI Wales and South West
Jennifer provides research, briefing and policy input for member engagement in the South West and Wales.
She also supports the policy development function and the analysis of key policy responses. Jennifer develops and maintains communication channels with members and stakeholders including the Wales and South West websites and the Wales update.
Jennifer studied politics, social philosophy and applied ethics at Cardiff University and previously worked at the Welsh Assembly Government.
Emma Georgiades: Team administrator, CBI Wales and South West
Emma arranges the CBI Wales and South West Council Meetings, acts as PA to the directors, provides administrative support to the team, gives support for member meeting preparation and follow up, is responsible for non-commercial events and ad hoc meetings and is office manager for the Cardiff office.
Emma joined the CBI after her job at RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Wales.