Tony Winfield’s career path has been a varied one, from Practice and Fundholding Manager in the NHS to Head of ICT in a secondary school. At heart, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tony knew he wanted to make a change, both for himself and others. An interest in taking technologies related to education and medicine to the third world led Tony to make a conscious decision to approach the University of Nottingham. He wanted to find out how business support opportunities and the connections he could make with academia would help him to put his ideas into practice.
After initially coming along to an Ingenuity event, Tony established his company, Sustainable Computers Ltd at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park in 2013. His many subsequent interactions with the university have included mentoring business students, being the keynote speaker at an Ingenuity event and taking part in outreach activities such as May Fest and EU Sustainable Energy Week.
Tony now finds himself in demand to advise government leaders across Sub-Saharan Africa. One of his many achievements has seen him help to establish a programme in which students from the University of Nottingham School of Physics travel to Ethiopia to spend a week training Physics teachers there.
Tony continues to work closely with several academics to explore technological developments and funding opportunities. Having worked closely with the University of Nottingham’s Asia Business Centre over the past three years, he recently travelled to the University of Nottingham’s Ningbo Campus in China, as part of a very successful Nottingham City Council trade mission.
Tony commented, “I came to the University with the expectation that it would be able to offer value to my new business, as well as work space at Innovation Park. My expectations have been more than exceeded, allowing my business to progress beyond what I ever thought possible.”
Tony Winfield is the Managing Director of Sustainable Computers Ltd., University of Nottingham Innovation Park. His company uses renewable energy to support education, healthcare and enterprise in countries where the electricity supply is unreliable or non-existent.
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