Will received a first class honours degree from the University of Durham and an MPhil (with Distinction) and Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Millennium Scholar. Will studied for a year at the University of California, Berkeley and was a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. After his doctorate, Will received a Commonwealth and Canadian Government Fellowship at the University of British Columbia and a Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford. Before moving to Exeter, Will was a Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School. Will joined the University of Exeter Business School in 2013 and is also currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney.
Will has taught undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and EMBA students at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia and the University of Sydney. His current work focuses on how companies can build, sustain and rehabilitate their reputations and leadership among different stakeholders, with a particular focus on professional service firms. He has also conducted extensive work on the movement and economic impact of foreign talent in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. Will has published in the fields of management, sociology, industrial relations and geography, and has also conducted research, case studies and consultancy work for Rio Tinto in Madagascar, Mercer in the US, Eni in the Republic of Congo and China Radio International and the Shanghai Government in China.
Outside of work, Will is a very keen sportsman and traveller. On the sporting front, he plays hockey, tennis, cricket and squash competitively and recreationally. He is also a qualified rugby union referee and coach, and has recently run the Sydney and Paris marathons. On the travelling front, Will has lived in America, Canada, South Africa, the UK and Australia, and has conducted research, presented his work and travelled to multiple countries across five different continents.
- Director of the Public Policy research cluster