Finance Director and Company Secretary
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.
Emma Forouzan, Student Enterprise Manager, University of South Wales
Emma manages the Student Enterprise Team within USW Careers and is responsible for leading and managing enterprise and entrepreneurship education activity across the University.
Setting up her own business as a graduate, Emma has since helped 100’s of students/graduates to do the same. This ignited 16 years of championing Enterprise and developing curricular/co-curricular programmes whilst forging partnerships across the enterprise eco-system.
As a keen collaborator Emma chairs a country wide collaboration of 22 Welsh colleges and Universities to deliver an annual online start-up Week as a result of COVID-19 for which the Team won an NEEA in 2020. Emma also instigated and managed the development of the ETC-Toolkit, to create a resource to support accessible subject specific enterprise resources which was later ‘gifted’ to EEUK.
Emma holds a number of master-level degrees in enterprise/entrepreneurship, an IEEP fellowship and is an Edward De-Bono trained Creative Thinking Facilitator.
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.
Royal Agricultural University
Enterprise Adviser, University of Bristol
Lauren had worked in Enterprise Education for four years after co-founding and running a business, based on her PhD and post-doctoral research. She is motivated by supporting entrepreneurs and seeing potential realised. In her current role in the university’s Basecamp Enterprise Team, she co-ordinates and leads a programme of events, competitions, and opportunities to support students and graduates in developing their enterprising skills and supporting start-up founders. Lauren is particularly interested in improving the gender diversity of students engaging with enterprise education and championing the idea that enterprise and entrepreneurship are for everyone.
Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, University of Huddersfield
Dr Philip Clegg is Head of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship with the University of Huddersfield’s 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 University’s clear commitment to support the development of enterprising global graduates; a commitment reflected in the University’s THE Entrepreneurial University of the Year and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Philip’s 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.
Steve is responsible for the development of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The Centre provides start-up support, extracurricular enterprise activity as well as supporting the implementation of Enterprise Education within the curriculum.
As a graduate entrepreneur himself Steve founded and ran a number of successful businesses over 16 years before taking up an enterprise support role. As a key influencer both within Cardiff Met and in the wider Welsh entrepreneurship ecosystem he is interested in ensuring that the economic benefits of graduate start-up activity are both realised and recognised.
Steve has been an active supporter of EEUK, hosting two Enterprise Exchange events at Cardiff Met and being the recipient of a Richard Beresford Bursary.
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.