Staff profile

Chris Jones

Course Director - Derby Business School Programme Leader - BA Professional Culinary Management and BSc International Spa Management

Chris Jones standing outside Buxton Dome


Business, Culinary Arts and Management, Event Management, Hospitality Management, Tourism Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School




Derby Campus



I am one of two course directors for undergraduate provision within Derby Business School. I work as part of the centre leadership team and oversee the curriculum quality, student performance and student experience in the school. I also support academic colleagues with training and development in relation to learning, teaching and assessment, as well as University policies, systems and processes. 

I am also the programme leader for BA Professional Culinary Management and BSc International Spa Management within the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. My main duties include ensuring that the programmes run smoothly, curriculum development, quality assurance and creating a positive student on-campus experience.

As a trained professional chef and restaurateur, I also teach a wide range of subjects in the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. I combine in-depth subject knowledge with industry experience to support students to develop essential tools to be successful as hospitality professionals.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the module leader for:

I also teach on the Strategic Directions module on the MSc International Hospitality Management programme. I teach on aspects of event operations, conference and banqueting, restaurant operations, and sustainable development and food security, as well as deliver Independent Studies sessions.

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

I am currently studying for a PhD in sustainable food choices. It will investigate how choice architecture through menu nudges can be employed to encourage responsible food choices, reduce animal protein consumption and shift dietary patterns to more nutritious and sustainable alternatives. It is focused on the independent restaurant sector in the North of England.

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have worked extensively in the restaurant sector, most notably as a regional trainer for the UK's largest casual dining chain. I have also worked for a range of businesses, from small independent hotels to 2 AA rosette restaurants. I have experience in carrying out quality and safety audits as well as delivering food safety training, having completed CIEH Level 4 Advanced Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering.

Additional interests and activities

I am a keen fell runner and love to get out into the Peak District in my spare time.

Recent publications

Professional chef posing for photo

Chris Jones, former professional chef and inspirational teacher in Hospitality and Culinary Management, shares his experiences and stories to be successful.