Who we are
Working globally, the SimVenture Team builds and provides innovative and award-winning learning solutions. Everyone is involved in the continuous development of the company’s learning solutions and business simulations.
We are all fully committed to the development of our technology to improve the way people learn, teach and train using SimVenture Classic, SimVenture Evolution or SimVenture Validate. The team includes professionals with backgrounds in software engineering, business start-up & growth, entrepreneurial leadership and teaching in education.
The SimVenture Team
Peter setup his first company ‘Qa Research’ in 1989. Since then he has developed and grown several successful businesses in the fields of design, print, consultancy and most recently software. Peter began research in 2001 to examine how people might be better prepared for the rigours of starting and running a business, leading to the launch of SimVenture Classic. He is also and a keen writer, blogger and podcaster – i.e. Hitchhiker’s Guide to Entrepreneurship.
Paul has 30+ years’ software engineering experience. At VSL he is responsible for all code that underpins SimVenture Classic and led the team to build SimVenture Evolution. After graduating from the University of Surrey, Paul worked for several leading engineering companies allowing him to gain an in-depth knowledge of how sophisticated simulations work. Paul is a key part of the team that provides support to all clients.
Paul Brough Jones
Following an 18-year career as a teacher, headteacher and education consultant in the primary sector, Paul joined Venture Simulations in 2009. As a skilled trainer and learning technologist Paul leads the SimVenture Learning and Development Team and is pivotal to the way users as well as teachers/trainers make best use of the business simulations. Tasked with a global remit, Paul works with clients and Partner Agents all over the world.
Lesley works in the Higher Education sector as a pioneer of technology enhanced learning. She has won awards for her innovative teaching methods as a Programme Leader in HE. Lesley is also a published academic author in the areas of employability skills and simulation games. As a global trainer and facilitator Lesley works across the education and corporate sectors. She also manages several micro-enterprises and works as a Learning and Development Manager within the SimVenture Leadership Team. Credentials include: Learning and Teaching Fellowship| SFHEA| MCIM| DipMgmt(Open)| MBA.
Mike is a highly experienced business educator and finance professional. He worked for 30 years as a management accountant, and finance systems implementer in a range of international companies. After that, Mike taught for 10 years in Teesside University Business School, where he worked on a number of business and accounting programmes. Mike led the introduction of SimVenture Classic and Evolution at Teesside and has enthusiastically delivered many hundreds of sessions using these business simulations with diverse groups of learners ranging from Year 10 school pupils to process plant supervisors and MBA students.
Alison career has focused on business start-up support, funding and Enterprise Education across multiple sectors. Until April 2019, as their Enterprise Development Manager, Alison was leading the University of Edinburgh’s Student enterprise support service at Edinburgh Innovations. It was here that she became interested in the concepts of Lean Start-up and explored and utilised tools such as the Business Model Canvas. Prior to moving into Higher Education and joining Edinburgh in 2013 Alison had built up 25 years of experience in the private and 3rd Sector delivering business start-up advice and training along with fund and grant management. Alison now leads on our SimVenture Validate platform which specialises in entrepreneurial ideas development. Alison has a degree in Business Studies – BA (Hons) Business Studies.
In 15 years at British Council, Ben held a variety of roles focused around the areas of finance and IT. As a Contract Finance Manager, Ben was responsible for the management and distribution of funds for external clients such as DFID, World Bank, and United Nations. He also coordinated global financial software rollouts and managed training programmes in over 40 countries. Since 2018, Ben has worked as an Associate Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, teaching classes on Information Systems and Business Intelligence. Ben joined the SimVenture Learning and Development team in 2019 and focuses on scenario development and training materials.
David joined the team this year as an intern to gain valuable work experience in the software industry. He is currently completing his degree in Software Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University. David is passionate about learning and personal development and is part of the software engineering team. He also contributes to the company’s usability testing and content editing working alongside other teams at Venture Simulations. In his free time he likes learning about new technologies.
Multi-award winning Business Simulation team
Helping you to engage your learners in an authentic and interactive business simulation experience they will actively enjoy.
Since SimVenture Classic was first launched in 2006, the team has always been keen to demonstrate the quality of its work by winning appropriate, high level awards.
To date, four national UK awards have been received in a variety of different and often highly competitive environments.