Gerald Bowen Thomas

Emeritus Fellow

BA Wales, MA Oxford

Gerald Bowen Thomas is a founding fellow of the College.  He joined the Delegacy for External Studies in 1958 as Staff tutor in Kent in Economics and Industrial Relations and retired from the Department for Continuing Education in December 1990 after thirty-two years of service.  He was the Assistant Director of Department between 1987 and 1990.

His main field of interest was the printing and publishing industry and white collar workers and he is a former member of the Printing Industry Training Board.  He also introduced a certificate course for Senior Local Government Officers.  He directed the annual Tutor Training course and initiated the Oxford/Florida State University Summer Programme with Professor Ted Kuehne.  All his publications were in these sectors.  From 1990-1997, he was a lecturer and tutor in European Economics for the Stanford University Oxford Programme and also Director of the Department’s Korean University Programme on European Economics.

In recent years he has been heavily involved in voluntary work as Council Member of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureau, and as the Chair of its Southern Region and of Abingdon CAB.  He is also a Trustee of The Guidepost Trust and a school governor.