Our Directors

  • Dan Henderson


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

    Biography to follow

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  • Dave Bolton


    Dave Bolton, Director of Enterprise and Employability and Programme Director, Swansea School of Management

    Dave Bolton is a Fellow of the IEEP, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and of the Higher Education Academy. Having spent in excess of 20 years working in private industry, mainly in the fields of sales and marketing management, he decided to move into entrepreneurship setting up a successful electrical contracting business, as well as entering academia where he currently works in Swansea School of Management He is currently Director of Enterprise and Employability and Programme Director for the School of Management’s BSc Business Management undergraduates. In his spare time David enjoys cycling, running, reading and as a passionate Welshman, rugby.

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  • Dr Emily Beaumont


    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 teaching and research in this discipline. She currently leads the MBA at Plymouth Marjon University and lectures on the BSc (Hons) Business degree, both of which have a strong entrepreneurship flavour. She recently established and now co-chairs the Research in Enterprise Education Community of Interest, the first official partnership between the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and EEUK.

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  • Gareth Trainer


    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


    Royal Agricultural University

    Dr. Inge Hill works at the Royal Agricultural University. A former serial award winning service entrepreneur, successful start-up coach/mentor, and business growth consultant with successes on changing business models and increasing profits in sustainable ways. Her entrepreneurship research offers new insights into what entrepreneurs actually do to reduce start-up development failures.
    Inge has been influencing enterprise education in the UK since 2003, as an academic teacher, business support practitioner creating thriving start-ups and influencing change in universities, for example, mainstreaming self-employability into the curriculum at Birmingham City University. She advocates new venture creation skills as a core citizenship skill. Inge is one of the assessors for the SBC Charter on behalf of Enterprise Educators UK. Her book Start Up (Hill, 2015, http://bit.ly/Start-Up-IngeHill) is used worldwide. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dringehillstrategy/

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  • Jerry Allen


    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

    Former 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


    Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship/Team Coach at the University of the West England (UWE Bristol)

    Lauren’s role involves coaching a team of final year BA (Business) Team Entrepreneurship students, adopting the innovative Team Academy model of self-managed, practice-led learning. Her role also involves module leadership on the programme for two modules relating to developing and growing new ventures. Lauren also teaches an Enterprise and Entrepreneurship module for first year undergraduate students within BA Business Management and has additional responsibility within the Team Entrepreneurship programme for academic research aimed at demonstrating the impact of effective enterprise education, managing external relationships with other HEIs and securing external funding to support the delivery of entrepreneurship education in international settings. Lauren has delivered a range of projects in an international context, including the British Council Creative Spark programme in Georgia and the British Council Innpulsa Higher Education Partnership in Colombia. Furthermore, in 2017 Lauren was selected as one of 10 enterprise educators to represent EEUK on a study visit to Japan to share best practice in Enterprise Education. During the visit she delivered a presentation at the British Embassy on behalf of her former institution (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and the Welsh Government regarding the implementation of the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy in Wales. Lauren has a Distinction MSc in Strategic Marketing from Cardiff Metropolitan University and is studying towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice at UWE Bristol.

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  • Neil Coles


    External Partnerships Manager, (Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), University of Bristol

    Neil is responsible for creating a strategic, relationship focused engagement strategy for the Centre, where students and industry can collide to establish innovative outcomes for society.

    Neil has supported many entrepreneurial people through setting up acceleration services, advice and enhancing the curriculum with innovation and enterprise.  He has developed numerous opportunities for students to engage with industry, from working with externals to deliver work experience to careers fairs with hundreds of employers and thousands of students connecting. Having worked at several Higher Education institutions he has operated as a lead for curriculum enhancement, headed up employer engagement and start up focused teams.  Most recently he has been a director of careers, where he led the University of Bristol to the position of 2nd most targeted University by UK employers.  He strongly believes that employment and entrepreneurial outcomes are better enabled through deep experiential learning pedagogies.

    He holds post-graduate qualifications in teaching, learning and enterprise, and is a fellow of SEDA and NCEE. He is currently a Director of Enterprise Educators UK, elected to the executive committee in 2018.

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  • Philip Clegg

    Company Secretary

    Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, University of Huddersfield

    Philip Clegg is Head of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship with the University of Huddersfields Enterprise Team. Originally from a performing arts background, he worked exclusively as a self-employed musician for over 20 years before becoming passionately involved in enterprise education, and so has origins in entrepreneurial practice, prior to entering the HE environment.

    Now leading a team of business advisors, the Enterprise Team is located within the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and feeds into the Universitys clear commitment to support the development of enterprising global graduates; a commitment reflected in the Universitys THE Entrepreneurial University of the Year and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

    Philips particular special interest area of enterprise is Social Enterprise (SE), and having founded an externally facing SE Consultancy Unit in 2013, they operate to the ethos of an SE, utilising profits to enhance SE support to our own students and graduates. The model is supported by his Doctor of Enterprise research to establish a set of guidelines to move towards a sector-informed start-up support provision for social entrepreneurs. Philip has been an EEUK Board member since September 2016 and also Chairs the Graduate Entrepreneurship Network.

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  • Dr Susan Laing


    Associate, Academy of Leadership & Management (ALM)

    Susan has recently retired as Dean of Teesside University Business School where she led the Business School to recreate a comprehensive, vibrant portfolio of relevant courses, and has developed a suite of relationships locally, regionally and internationally with businesses and other Universities and grown the fledging Business School to a multicultural, ambitious team of fifty strong academics.

    At the ALM she is pioneering projects on innovative approaches to enterprise learning with a network of established contacts from across the UK and beyond.

    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 has / is an Adjunct Professor at Tai Poutini Polytechnic in New Zealand and a visiting Fellow at HAW Hamburg, and ECUST (East China University of Science and Technology), Shanghai, on the MBA programme.

    Her specific areas of expertise are enterprise education, entrepreneurial leadership, and international new ventures (or born global businesses). Her academic standing has taken her to Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, Finland and New Zealand as a subject matter expert at an institutional level to design and deliver innovative enterprise curricula through novel interactive teaching to ensure the relevance and applicability of student learning.

    At national level, Susan sits on the Board of Enterprise Educators (EE) UK, in addition, Susan is an assessor for the Chartered Association of Business Schools Small Business Charter.


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  • Will Pritchard


    Entrepreneur in Residence, Keele University

    Will has been in enterprise education for the past seven years, building on his entrepreneurial experience to develop a portfolio career in the sector. He has enjoyed working with 50+ educational institutions, primarily universities, across the UK, Middle East and Asia.

    He is an Associate of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, an Executive MBA candidate at Aston Business School and a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Particular interests include innovation, digital and ethical growth. In his spare time he runs an online community of 600+ social entrepreneurs and throws himself out of aeroplanes for fun.

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