As Executive Director at the London Global Gateway, Spickett-Jones works on strategic, academic, and financial planning to raise Notre Dame's profile, and to support the Academic Director's work to create research collaborations, partnerships and academic initiatives. His role involves consultation with senior colleagues for London activities that promote internationalization of the University. He is the principal administrator at the Gateway. This gives him oversight of academic content, co-curricular activities, budgets, local staff and the student experience when studying in London.
Before joining Notre Dame at the London Global Gateway, Spickett-Jones held academic posts at several UK universities. These include Queen Mary University of London where he was Director International in the School of Business and Management, and prior to that he was at the University of East Anglia where, as part of the Norwich Business School, he was Director of Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing. He has also worked for the University of Hull and the University of Lincoln. He took up an academic career after a decade holding successful marketing roles in the brewing and related retail sector with major companies and in an entrepreneurial setting, to establish a successful new venture.
As well as performing teaching, research, administrative and management roles, his academic career has involved regular contact with industry through consultancy, knowledge transfer activity and through professional institutes. He has published both in international academic journals and trade journals. Spickett-Jones has written chapters for textbooks and, in the commercial world, led PR-driven campaigns that have achieved prominent national publicity.
Spickett-Jones has a PhD in management from the University of Hull, a master's degree in marketing and a first degree in communication studies, focused on social psychology and media communication. He has professional marketing qualifications and is a member of two professional bodies. His main research interests focus on aspects of communication and strategic marketing practice, especially related to promotional campaigns and the development of popular cultural icons and brand equity. This includes consumer media habits and information processing related to communication activity and promotional marketing messages.