Mr Bill Jones
I am a Teaching Fellow in the Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation subject group, for which my relevant areas of expertise are strategy, small business, and negotiation analysis. I am a qualified teacher, having taught electronics, maths and physics in further education and the prison service.
I am also well versed in electronics as a result of my career in business. I am part-time Managing Director and co-owner of an electronics components manufacturing company, where my input into product creation and development has helped to grow our international markets significantly; over 50 per cent of turnover is generated overseas.
I gained my MBA as a General Electric Company (GEC) Fellow at the INSEAD business school in France. I later established and ran a scheme through which INSEAD graduates visited Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) Ford in West Sussex on a pro bono basis to talk to prisoners about entrepreneurship and the possibility of self-employment after release.
In 2018 I became a Teaching Fellow at the University, where I enjoy sharing my strategic, small business and entrepreneurial knowledge gained as a practitioner.
In 1991 I set up Surgetech Ltd with a business partner to manufacture and distribute electrical surge protection components. This also enabled me to work from home and help with the care of my disabled son, later facilitating his move into a professionally-supported living environment. I am now Managing Director of the company on a part-time basis and I focus on its technical and financial aspects. Over half of our turnover comes from international customers.
During the 1980s I worked in the engineering and commercial teams of a surge arresting device business. I also worked for The General Electric Company (GEC) as Business Planning Manager for their Marconi Defence Systems manufacturing arm.
I began my teacher training in 2002, gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and progressing through the Institute for Learning's Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills professional formation process. At different times between 2002 and 2018, and in various combinations, I taught adult numeracy, electronics, maths and physics at Havant College and at HMP Kingston in Portsmouth.
I took my first degree in natural sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. I later gained my MBA (Distinction), majoring in marketing and finance, at the INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau. This was made possible when I was awarded a fully-funded GEC fellowship whilst working at Marconi.
During the late 1990s I was a member of the board of governors at Chichester's Fordwater School, which caters for pupils aged 2-19 years with severe and complex learning difficulties.
I am Coordinator for the Negotiation for Entrepreneurs module, which I created and developed, and for the Strategic Management module in the degree apprenticeship programme.
I have also taught on the undergraduate course on strategic management and participated in the Business Consultancy Project, liaising with local businesses.
My focus is teaching, but my principal research interests are ethics as a component of strategy and experimental economics, or 'experimetrics', as applied to negotiation analysis.