Dr Jones founded the North Wales Council on Alcohol in the early 1970s which reorganised as CAIS in 1976, and has been Chairman since its inception. He later founded the North Wales Drugs Council which subsequently amalgamated with CAIS.
Dr Jones began his working life in the field of atomic science at Windscale, but whilst there decided that his future lay in Medicine. He attained his MB ChB degrees at Liverpool University Medical School, going on to achieve MD, DPM, MRCPsych and FRCPsych postgraduate qualifications. His career eventually took him to the North Wales Hospital, Denbigh, where he became Consultant Psychiatrist in 1964, remaining there until the hospital closed in 1995 and establishing several NHS specialist units, including an alcohol unit and a drug treatment unit. On the hospital’s closure, he helped secure an undertaking from the Health Authority that these services would be re-provided – which is how CAIS’s Hafan Wen treatment unit came into being.
Having been actively involved with traumatised ex-servicemen since the late 1970s, Dr Jones initiated the establishment in 1992 of an in-patient treatment unit – Ty Gwyn in Llandudno. Although the unit is now closed, he continues to hold out-patient clinics for this group.
He is a proud Welshman whose first language is Welsh, but has lectured in French and has close personal and professional links in Brittany – and can cope in estremes with Spanish. He has for many years been an Honorary White Robe Member of the Gorsedd of the Bards. Dr Jones lives on Ynys Môn and has five grown up children, four grandsons and one grand-daughter. In 1967 he gained a Pilot’s Licence in order to help him with the extensive travel required by his job, and had the good fortune to survive crashes in fields in Penrhyn Bay, Pwllheli and Prestatyn!