Stephen Thomas

Dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship Business and Entrepreneurship
Stephen Thomas

Position

Dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship

Qualifications

ACIB, BSc (Manchester)

Contact details

stephen.thomas@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531

Secretaries

Katie Winchcombe Katie.Winchcombe@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531

Biography

University Responsibilities

  • Dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Director of China Programmes
  • Senior Lecture in finance
  • MA Business management
  • MBA Business Management in the Global Food Industry
  • MBA International Food and Agribusiness
  • MBA European Food and Agribusiness Management
  • MA International Food and Agribusiness Management
  • Vice Chair of the RAC pension trustees
  • Chair of the Grand Idea judging panel
  • Mentor for business planning and business start-ups

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers
  • Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting

Additional Information

  • Prior to joining the University, 28 years working for a major high street bank including 10 years as a corporate lending manager and 3 years as area manager for Gloucestershire
  • Has been appointed as an expert witness to the High Court in cases involving business plans

Research

Research interests

  • New business start-ups – success/failure factors

Teaching

Teaching duties

  • Finance
  • Business planning (teaching and running regular clinics outside of the curriculum)
  • Rural business diversification