Professor Jones is currently director of social services for Wiltshire CC. He has a strong academic background in social care and is a visiting fellow at the University of Bath and visiting professor at the University of Exeter.
The institute will be responsible for sharing knowledge about effective policy and practice. Experience and the expertise of service users and carers will be central to building up an understanding of what works well in the social care arena.
As the institute's first chief executive, Prof Jones will work with the government, the institute's chair and board to set up the new organisation and equip it to carry out its programme.
'He has a great deal of experience working with users and utilising research. His commitment to raising standards will make him an excellent chief executive.'
Prof Jones said: 'It is very exciting to be involved from the beginning and I am looking forward to working with the chair Jane Campbell, the board and other colleagues to shape the new organisation. I am committed to promoting good quality social services across England and Wales.'
Two board members have been appointed. Susannah Walker is a barrister with broad experience in social care, and Professor Gilbert Smith is the former vice-chancellor of the University of Northumbria.
The body is expected to start work in the autumn.