Our Directors

  • Dan Henderson

    Director

    Dan Henderson, Associate Dean: Enterprise, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

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  • Professor David Rae

    Director

    Professor of Enterprise, Leicester Business School, De Montfort University

    Professor David Rae is a leading innovator, researcher and expert in entrepreneurship and small business leadership, learning and management. He has held senior roles as Executive Dean, Research & Knowledge Exchange at Bishop Grosseteste University; and Dean of Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, Canada.  Previously he was Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Director of Enterprise & Innovation at the University of Lincoln, from 2006-14; and Director of Enterprise Development and Head of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Management at The Derbyshire Business School, University of Derby from 2001-2006.

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  • Dr Emily Beaumont

    Director

    Associate Professor and Director of the Marjon Business School, Plymouth Marjon University

    Emily is an Associate Professor and Director of the newly established Marjon Business School at Plymouth Marjon University.  Emily has a passion for enterprise education and has devoted her time in Higher Education to developing research in this discipline.  This research became a significant element of her MA Education and her successful application to be a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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  • Gareth Trainer

    Vice-Chair

    Assistant Director (Enterprise and Entrepreneurship), Newcastle University

    Gareth joined Newcastle University in 2001, helping to establish the University’s enterprise and entrepreneurship support before leading the development of its Graduate Skills Framework. As Assistant Director of the University’s Careers Service, Gareth leads on enterprise and entrepreneurship strategy, chairs its Board of Studies, and oversees its enterprise education and start-up support functions. Gareth re-joined the EEUK Board in 2016 as Treasurer, having also served 2007-2010 when he was involved in creating the National Enterprise Educator Awards. Gareth is a Fellow of the RSA, a full member of AGCAS and co-developed the 2012 QAA guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.

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  • Dr Inge Hill

    Director

    Senior Lecturer Strategy, Coventry University

    Dr. Inge Hill, Senior Lecturer Business Strategy, Coventry University. Inge has a varied career in private business, the public and Third Sector. She is an award winning former entrepreneur who ran two service businesses before returning to HE in 2013 full-time. Inge is a sought-after inspiring speaker nationally and abroad (Finland, Germany). She leads on strategy development for a number of UK non-profit boards (Localise West Midlands). Her research interests in social enterprise and nascent entrepreneurship (improving processes to start new ventures) and her experience in supporting start-ups led to an internationally successful book Start Up (Hill, 2015, http://bit.ly/Start-Up-IngeHill). https://www.linkedin.com/in/dringehillstrategy/

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  • Jerry Allen

    Director

    Director for Enterprise, University College London

    As Director for Entrepreneurship at UCL. I have a truly awe inspiring role to encourage talent across the UCL landscape. My current focus is rebuilding the entrepreneurial offer particularly to the 10,000 PhD and Early Career Researchers. In 2016 I had the privilege to be appointed by Mayor of London the Student Entrepreneur Trainer/Advisor. Previously, at University of Greenwich, I created EU projects raising over €6m to promote innovation and enterprise, latterly in social innovation and entrepreneurship amongst refugee groups. With 20 years in research, 7 start-ups, I am ‘a bit of an ‘maverick’ spanning the academic and commercial worlds.

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  • Jon Powell

    Chair

    Head of Enterprise and Innovation Services, Lancaster University

    Jon Powell is Head of Enterprise and Innovation Services at Lancaster University. His entrepreneurial journey started when as a student he set up a HR consultancy company in 2003. Interested in helping others Jon also started the Lancaster Entrepreneurship Society, potentially the first in the country. He subsequently managed several start-up support programmes before realising Enterprise Education was a thing and became involved in EEUK. Following this Jon established the Enterprise Team at Lancaster University. Jon is still involved with several SMEs and is on the board of Directors for EEUK and Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Lauren Davies

    Director

    Enterprise Skills Consultant, University of the West of England, Bristol

    Lauren is Enterprise Skills Consultant at UWE Bristol, leading the extracurricular programme of enterprise education. Before joining UWE in January 2018 Lauren worked at Cardiff Metropolitan University as an Entrepreneurship Advisor supporting entrepreneurial students and graduates and developing enterprise education initiatives. In 2017 Lauren participated in the EEUK visit to Japan to share best practice in enterprise education. She is currently studying for an MSc in Strategic Marketing, completing her thesis on the motivations of social enterprise customers. She has an active interest in social enterprise and was recently awarded EEUK funding to explore the development of enterprise skills through socially-driven projects.

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  • Neil Coles

    Treasurer

    Assistant Director of Careers Service, (Enterprise Education & Employer Engagement), University of Bristol

    An experienced educator and enterprise enabler, Neil has led the development of extracurricular and curricular based pedagogies that lead to innovative capabilities at two Russell Group institutions.  Neil is currently Assistant Director of Careers with responsibility for graduate employer interactions and enterprise education at the University of Bristol.  He leads three distinct strategic areas; high volume employer engagement; emerging and scale up business links; and activities that support enterprising behaviours and start up.  Neil is passionate about enterprise throughout education and its connections with sustainability.

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  • Philip Clegg

    Company Secretary

    Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, University of Huddersfield

    Philip Clegg is Head of Student and Graduate Business Start-Up with the University of Huddersfield’s Enterprise Team. The team is based in The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre and feeds into the University’s clear commitment to support the development of enterprising graduates.

    Philip’s particular special interest area is Social Enterprise (SE). Co-founding an externally facing SE Consultancy Unit in 2013, they utilise profits to enhance SE support for their own students and graduates. This is supported by his Doctor of Enterprise research, to find a sustainable and sector led model of support for social entrepreneurs.

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  • Prof Sarah Underwood

    Former Chair

    Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice at University of Leeds | Director of Executive & Professional Education

    Since joining the University of Leeds, Sarah has developed a range of enterprise modules as well as an MSc in Enterprise. She has also implemented a number of teaching innovations within the curriculum, including the Year in Enterprise. Sarah became a Fellow of the HEA in 2010 and in 2013 she was elected to the board of Enterprise Educators UK. Sarah was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2017.

    Sarah is currently an Associate Professor of Enterprise, the Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Studies and the Director of Executive and Professional Education at Leeds University Business School.

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  • Dr Susan Laing

    Director

    Dean, Teesside University Business School

    Susan joined Teesside University in early 2017 and was appointed Dean of Teesside University Business School in June 2017. She welcomes the challenge to be growing and leading the Business School during this rapidly changing landscape.

    Previously, Susan spent over twenty years at Edinburgh Napier University where she was the founding Director for the Centre for Entrepreneurship, a Subject Group Leader and Director for Executive Education.  Susan developed a ‘pracademic’ philosophy in the Centre’s teaching which required the teaching team to have both academic qualifications and business experience to ensure a practitioner focus in all delivery.

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