Professor Graham Jackson
Graham Jackson is Professor of Industry and Enterprise at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and became a Fellow of the University for services to industry. He is also full-time Chairman of KK Fine Foods Plc (1998-2015), a leading frozen food manufacturer established in Deeside North Wales which employs 280 people.
Prior to this, he graduated from Bradford University Business School and entered the world of commerce, during which he floated 13 companies on the stock exchange, chaired several important SME’s across a range of different industries which encompassed finance, stockbroking, films, golf, hire-tools, furniture, restaurants, pubs and leisure.
KK Fine Foods plc has twice been awarded the honour of Welsh SME of the year. At the British Frozen Foods Federation Awards, the company has won an award virtually every year since 1998, with 3 Gold Awards and 2 Silver Awards. His knowledge of the food and drinks industry ideally places him to teach, mentor, guide and place students wanting to take up a career in this dynamic sector. Because of his vast experiences over a large number of industries, he is able to lecture on entrepreneurship from a practitioners perspective, as well as from the academic world. A fully qualified Company Secretary, his lectures have been acclaimed internationally at global universities where he has presented papers and lectures for EURAM (European Academy of Management) and EIASM (European Institute Advanced Studies in Management) at Moscow, Rome, Brussels, Kuala Lumpur, Bled, Talin, Rotterdam, Oxford, Iceland and Copenhagen, as well as across the UK.
In addition to these commercial and academic appointments, he is currently on the committees of the North Wales Economic Ambitions Board, CBI North Wales Committee, Deeside Enterprise Zone Board, North Wales Business Council, Regional Skills and Employment Steering Group and Wrexham Glyndŵr University Industrial Advisory Board. He is a lecturer who combines practical interpretation with academic prowess to make his students street wise, accomplished and fully equipped for a successful career in business.
What do you do in your spare time? Whenever that occurs, time is spent gardening, dry stone walling, creating new projects or in researching new businesses.
Do you have any hobbies or interests? Football, shooting, writing, lecturing, gardening and oenology.
Do you have any pets? As I am passionate about the countryside, I have 2 Labradors trained to retrieve and have fun with. Sometime in the future it would be great to have horses, as horse racing is also a hobby.
What is your favourite book? Odyssey - From Pepsi to Apple by John Sculley 1987, which would make a great film about the adventure of business and the interaction of different ideologies. It is still available through Amazon – a real bible for entrepreneurs, business scholars and it is an easy read.
Favourite Inspirational quotes: “The only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting at all (Seth Godwin, Squido); “Chase the vision not the money as that will follow” (Tony Hsieth, Zappos); “Be undeniably good” (Anthony Volodkin , Hype Machine); and finally, most importantly, “Love what you do” Steve Jobs, Apple).
Do you have any favourite films? The Magnificent 7, Airplane, A Good Year, Wall Street, The Godfather, Jaws, Catch Me If You Can, Nixon and every Bond film.
Who are your favourite artists? Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Billy Fury and true Jazz/Blues.
If you could have an alternative career, what would it be? Anything in the theatre, playing music or owning a vineyard.
Fellow - Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Professor of Industry - Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Phd - Wrexham Glyndŵr University
MBA - Newi – University of Wales
ACCS - Corporate Secretary
Post Grad - Business Administration - University of Bradford
MSIAD - Industrial Design Society
CISM - Chartered Institute of Marketing
The integration of migrant workers into the UK economy and the opportunities for entrepreneurial start-ups across all nationalities irrespective of and demographics, age and abilities.
Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Motivating Multi-National Workforces, in addition to the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the new Food Management degree.
In establishing the first Food and Drink Management degree in the UK, he chaired a team to look closely at the requirements of the food sector, so as to identify the best way to create a labour force suitable to the challenges of that sector. This will enable those being trained in the various parts of the food industry through apprenticeships, knowledge transfers, on-site modules or by day release to be better equipped than ever before, so as to have a long-term and progressive career in the food or drink sectors.
Dr Jackson, G. and Dr. Arnaz Binsardi ( 2012), “Migrant Workers and Corporate Productivity”, Published.
Dr Jackson,G. I Barjasic; Dr Arnaz Binsardi (2014), “Global Marketing and Entrepreneurship”, Published.
Dr Jackson, G. (2007, 2009) “Reward Strategy for the Aspirational Needs of European Migrant Workers in the Food Processing Industry of North Wales”, MBA, University Wales, Associated College, Wrexham, UK, Unpublished.
Dr Jackson, G . Binsardi, A. and Green, M. (2008) “A Paper on the Motivation and Integration of European Migrant Workers”, Presented at 8th EURAM International Conference, Refereed, Conference Proceeding, 14-17 May, Ljubljana & Bled, Slovenia, Track: “Relational Perspective on Cultural Context and Diversity Management for Multinational Group Work Effectiveness”.
Dr Jackson, G. Masoom Ahmed. (2014) “Consumers Perception on VAT Increase in the UK”, Institute of Marketing Conference, Bournemouth.
Dr Jackson, G. Masoom Ahmed. (2014).
“International Students' Perceptions on Changes to Visa Rules”, Institute of Marketing Conference, Bournemouth.