Meet the SimVenture Team

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Meet the SimVenture Team...

Meet the SimVenture Team. The team is responsible for the continuous development of the company's learning solutions and business simulations. The team includes professionals with backgrounds in software engineering, business start-up & growth, entrepreneurial leadership and education.

Everyone involved with the development of our technology is fully committed to improving the way people, around the world, learn, teach and train using SimVenture Classic, SimVenture Evolution or SimVenture Validate. If you want to contact a colleague to share thoughts and ideas, then get in touch. We'd be delighted to hear from you.

Peter Harrington

Originally destined to teach, Peter setup his first company 'Qa Research' following graduation in 1989. Since then he has developed and grown several successful businesses in the fields of design, print, consultancy and most recently software. Having seen many others fail, Peter began research in 2001 to examine how people might be better prepared for the rigours of starting and running a business; ultimately his work led to the launch of SimVenture Classic. Peter is an ardent supporter of high quality, authentic and engaging learning solutions that advance thinking. He is also and a keen writer and blogger (sneak a peak at the Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship).

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Paul Harrington

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.

SimVenture Leadership Team Paul Brough Jones

Lesley Strachan

Lesley has worked in the Higher Education sector as a pioneer of technology enhanced learning for many years. She has several published articles and is a Learning & Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Lesley has an MBA, is a Certified Trainer and she has also held the post of Programme Group Leader in Marketing & Human Resources. Having worked in a number of industries, before working in academia, Lesley has a strong commercial background (both in the UK and overseas). She has also managed several micro-enterprises and now works as a Learning and Development Manager within the SimVenture Leadership Team.

SimVenture Leadership team Lesley Strachan

Mike Ashwell

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 at Teesside and has enthusiastically delivered many hundreds of sessions using the software with diverse groups of learners ranging from Year 10 school pupils to process plant supervisors and MBA students.

SimVenture leadership team Mike Ashwell