The Global Village team is led by
William (Bill) A Jones
Bill deploys his skills and uses his experience depending on the context and the evolving market.
He currently has a plural career which includes investment, financing, consulting, Non-Executive board member and mentoring roles, in both the private and public sectors.
He has led and developed national, European and global businesses including those covering converging TMT, financial services, retail, logistics, transportation, automotive, payments, electronics, health, defence, security and other industries for over 30 years with Fortune and Times 100 companies, often their largest international businesses. He has also led SME market leaders and been instrumental in forming many new entities to success and / or IPO / trade sale. He has led businesses in over 20 countries, has traded with over 65, and is a former board director of businesses in 20 + countries. He’s been resident in 3 countries including UK and Germany, and has worked extended periods in other countries including US, Russia and Switzerland. His experience has ranged from critical turnaround and restructuring, to business formation and rapid growth, to repositioning, transformations, cross border, multi-site and international jurisdictions’ commerce, including leading and developing economies. He has also undertaken investment, M&A, venture and private equity work globally and, in that process, engaged with investment banks on public and private transactions. In that activity he has encountered sovereign, political, regulatory, economic, strategic, market, asset valuation, product, systems, operational, financial, organisational, and infrastructure risks. His customer base has ranged from B2B and large global multinational accounts to fmcg consumer markets and retail. He has formed, developed, built and led pervasive businesses in many differing countries in parallel, and led global lines of business / businesses. He’s been a thought-leader on convergence and next generation policy in UK and EU, led major strategy projects for blue chip companies in UK and US, and been a member of the leadership teams of Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 businesses.
He is trained in governance, risk management and compliance. He has addressed governance issues and enforced compliance in a number of situations.
He has chaired or spoken at leading conferences in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Geneva, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai – the most recent being the global summit on smart devices and mobility. He recently participated in a UK government mission on TMT to Korea and Japan and was a major contributor to the report, has been a contributory author to a mobile internet industry leadership book (Mobile Web 2.0), has written for Money Management and, is a contributor to US Jupitermedia’s DRM watch (now Copyright and Technology). He is a recognised contributor on intellectual property and rights management globally, having stimulated UK government reviews and engaged with WIPO.
He has a number of notable initiatives to his credit including forming and growing Vodafone Paknet the world’s largest packet data over radio business for national credit card verification, etc. and, co-founder and leading Sovam (now Vimpelcom / GTS) – the first Soviet-American venture to offer internet, mobile, international data communication and trading exchanges, and the first SWIFT node in Russia.
He has a deep interest in regulatory and policy developments. His policy work in UK and EU has provided exposure to directives, programs and developments and has participated in their evolution in a number of sectors covering communications, intellectual property and financial services. He reads widely on policy developments from BASEL through SEPA to EU directives. He is familiar with the structure and parts of the FCA Handbook and recently engaged with the FCA regarding the need for clarification of certain sections. He recently supported World Economic Forum (Davos) initiatives on impact of technology innovation on future financial services (published) and media and entertainment global industries (published). His engagement with UK government probably led to the formation of the Gower’s Review on Intellectual Property Rights to which he also contributed.
Originally a graduate in metallurgy / materials engineering from Sheffield University (BMet), he also has an MBA (finance major) from Cranfield University, is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He is FCA Retail Distribution Review (RDR) compliant, holds a CFA Investment Management Certificate, has recently passed CFA Level 1 first time and, has a CFA Statement of Professional Standing (SPS). He is an Approved Person under the UK’s FCA financial services regulatory regime, and a certified Pensions Trustee under the Pensions Regulator’s regime. He is a PRINCE2 project management practitioner.
He is a former Member of the UK Government’s Broadband Stakeholder Group Executive, Freeman of City of London, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Liveryman of the Welsh Livery Guild (dormant), former Director and Member of the Executive Committee of BritishAmerican Business Inc. New York and London, former Director and CEO of European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), former Director of London First, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Ret’d). He is a member of the CFA society of UK, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Pensions Management Institute, the Institute of Metals and Mining, the Gerson Lehrman Group Global Media Council, the Standard & Poors Society of Industry Leaders and, a former subject matter expert with CompTIA’s Convergence Program, and a subject matter expert with EU’s FP8 R&D program on internet, innovation, SME’s and enterprise competitiveness. He was recently a BAFTA judge.
Bill took his newly found company through the FCA authorisation process without professional support to authorisation pending (no mean task) and subsequently withdrew due to the worsening global economic prognosis. In that process he had indicative FCA approvals for significant influencing and controlling functions. He has wide-ranging financial services exposure.
Bill is partnered with venture capital firms providing international unquoted investments for Sophisticated and High Net Worth individuals, and cleantech investments. He has been an angel investor in a number of companies and is currently an angel investor in a Cloud / SAS US focused technology SME, and a gas down-hole artificial lift business.
Global Village is a SME. It is an advisory, mentoring and, consulting practice. It has dormant outsourcing accords and NDA’s with 3 leading each of Chinese and Indian IT companies, as well as Philippines, Indonesian, Romanian and US companies.
The company recently won the prestigious EU Award for Online Excellence under the EU eContent program – a project which Bill architected and led. He was also a member of the team which won a Campaign Award for the application of consumer marketing techniques to inert products.
In an earlier life, Bill was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (first in the world) for 5 years, a north Wales junior silver band duet and quartet champion, house captain, school rugby 1st XV, university rugby 1st XV, played representative rugby for Southern England (strange for a Welshman! but true!), won car rallies, played lead roles in amateur operatic, sang with a range of choirs, climbed mountains, and played the lead in the National Eisteddfod (Welsh cultural festival) youth pageant. Since then his life has been taken up with family and friends and enjoys hiking and trekking, bird watching, reading, music and sport. He recently built a Caterham 7 kit car and yet lists silence as one of his interests!.