Our Directors

  • Dave Bolton, President


    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, Past President

    Past President

    Academic Subject Lead for Strategy, Enterprise, Leadership and Management at the University of Gloucestershire
    Emily is Academic Subject Lead for Strategy, Enterprise, Leadership and Management at the University of Gloucestershire. Emily has a passion for enterprise and entrepreneurship education and has devoted her time in Higher Education to developing teaching and research in this discipline.  This has led to her being awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.  She also recently established and co-chairs the Research in Enterprise Education Special Interest Group, the first official partnership between the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and EEUK
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  • Megan Powell Vreeswijk, Vice President

    Vice President

    Head of Enterprise, Nottingham Trent University

    Megan has extensive commercial and entrepreneurial experience and has recently opened the Dryden Enterprise Centre which houses start-up, high growth and innovation driven SME’s, University spin outs, student and graduate businesses.

    Megan’s work spans curriculum, extra curriculum, Start-up, Growth and Scaling businesses, investment and placemaking and over the years has worked with the British Council and NESTA across developing countries to support entrepreneurs and government agencies to understand the importance of enterprise and entrepreneurship in the growth of local economies. She has recently taken up the positions of Vice President of Enterprise Educators UK working for national and international members to drive change in enterprise education and as Vice Chair of the Nottingham Business Improvement District to support the local economic development agenda.

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  • Steve Aicheler, Finance Director

    Finance Director

    Entrepreneurship Manager, Cardiff Metropolitan University

    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.

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  • Dr Cherisse Hoyte

    Dr Cherisse Hoyte


    Curriculum Lead (Associate Professor) Entrepreneurship, Coventry University

    Cherisse is Curriculum Lead (Head of Subject for Entrepreneurship) within the School of Marketing and Management at Coventry University. She oversees the operational development of enterprise skills and entrepreneurship education for the Faculty of Business and Law.

    Cherisse is passionate about giving a voice to those in marginalised communities who still do not have access to enterprise and entrepreneurship education. She works on international projects supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship education across Europe, East Africa and South-East Asia. Her expertise is in curriculum transformation, online course development and innovative pedagogic approaches to embedding entrepreneurialism in the curriculum.

    Cherisse actively teaches at undergraduate level on entrepreneurial mind-set and ideation; and on Degree Apprenticeships, bringing a focus to intrapreneurship and innovation in the public sector. Her own entrepreneurship research is on new venture creation and the cognitive and socio-material processes aspiring entrepreneurs experience as they navigate the boundaries between venture ideas and venture formation.

    She enjoys travelling to Thailand to support enterprise and entrepreneurship education as a start-up coach/mentor for the Global Entrepreneurship Camp run by Suranaree University of Technology. She also enjoys taking Maximus, her German shepherd dog, on long walks.

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  • Emilee Simmons


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  • Dr Inge Hill


    Lecturer for Entrepreneurship, The Open University

    Dr. Inge Hill is Lecturer for Entrepreneurship at The Open University and international EntreComp champion. Inge is 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 rooted in practice theory offers new insights into what entrepreneurs actually do – and is helpful for business advice providers, policy makers and entrepreneurs.
    Inge has been influencing enterprise education in the UK since 2003, as an academic teacher and business support practitioner creating thriving start-ups and influencing change in universities. For example, she has been mainstreaming self-employability into the curriculum across Birmingham City University. She advocates new venture creation skills as a core citizenship skill.Her book Start Up (Hill, 2015, http://bit.ly/Start-Up-IngeHill) is used worldwide. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dringehill/.

    She won the prestigious 2020 Experienced Teaching practitioner of the year award from the British Academy of Management with an innnovation on pop-up shops as entrepreneurial learning tool.
    Inge is one of the assessors for the SBC Charter on behalf of Enterprise Educators UK and advises universities on how to improve the enterprise/entrepreneurship curricular and co-curricular offer applying EntreComp.

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  • Jennie Baptiste


    Employer & Engagement Officer, University of Westminster

    Jennie has worked within WeNetwork at the University of Westminster leading on Employer Engagement for the last couple of years within the University’s Business Engagement Directorate integrating business practices within enterprise education.

    Jennie leads on prospecting businesses within the Enterprise landscape and developing collaborations that will enhance the learning experience and employability of Westminster students. Jennie has championed diversity and inclusion in her employer engagement strategies developing partnerships with diverse employers and founders to facilitate experiential learning activities. Addressing the barriers to employment and enterprise faced by Westminster’s diverse community of students and graduates.

    Jennie has experience supporting the broader community of colleagues in her work with University’s Employability Board and in securing founders and employers to participate in course validation processes.

    Jennie is passionate about enabling soft skills development so students have the confidence to engage and network with business and employers to raise their profiles so that, when they graduate, they are secure and confident in talking about their personal or business brand.

    With a background in the creative/media sector and business development her work is in collections at the V&A Museum, The National Portrait Gallery & The Black Cultural Archives. Jennie has also been a guest speaker on creative industries issues at a range of events including City Hall, the Home Office, The V&A, Tate Britain, The Institute of Jamaica and Kingston University.

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  • Dr Lauren Ellse


    Business Pre-Incubation Manager, University of Bristol
    Lauren has 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 she manages a series of pre-incubation programmes, supporting deep tech founders creating impactful businesses. Lauren is particularly interested in improving the gender diversity of start-up founders and championing the idea that enterprise and entrepreneurship are for everyone.
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  • Marcus O’Dair


    Associate Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise at University of the Arts London

    Marcus O’Dair is a writer, consultant and academic with an interest in enterprise education and innovation management. During a decade in the music and media industries, he released four acclaimed albums as one half of Grasscut and performed across Europe at venues including the Pompidou Centre and the Royal Albert Hall. He also contributed to various broadsheet newspapers and wrote a biography that was a book of the week on BBC Radio 4. He then moved into academia and is currently Associate Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise at University of the Arts London. He has run creative entrepreneurship programmes around the world for organisations including the British Council and is currently UAL lead on a £900,000 project supporting entrepreneurship among student studying creative subjects.

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  • Mhairi Threlfall


    Senior Enterprise Consultant at UWE Bristol

    Mhairi is the Senior Enterprise Consultant at UWE Bristol. She was the entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Bristol before joining UWE Bristol in 2011 to establish and build their extracurricular entrepreneurship activity. Over the past ten years, she has worked to grow the team and now leads on the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship in the curriculum. Throughout her time at UWE, Mhairi has worked with a range of institutions to share best practice on enterprise, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in countries including Morocco, South Korea, Iceland, Kenya, Ukraine and Georgia. In the UK, she has worked on a range of projects including Goodlab (a project to connect social entrepreneurs and academics), feeding into the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship policies and sharing her work on applying the EntreComp Framework at UWE Bristol. She has also held various positions as a Bristol city councillor, trustee and school governor and sat as a director of Bristol is Open, a joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol to develop a ‘test-bed’ programmable, digital infrastructure. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently sits on the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) task group for enterprise and entrepreneurship. Her research interests include neurodiversity and entrepreneurship, social enterprise and impact, policy ontology and person-centred teaching.

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  • Dr Richard Tunstall


    Associate Professor of Enterprise, Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, University of Leeds. 
    I support students and educators across the university ecosystem as Academic Lead for the University of Leeds’ strategic student enterprise initiative. I have led a number of programmes at Leeds, including the globally ranked MSc Management and the UK’s first ‘With Enterprise’ inter-faculty BA minor programme.I have supported a range of enterprise activities, working closely with University of Leeds’ Spark business-startup unit, student enterprise societies and leading events such as the Leeds Climathon.  I work closely with SME leaders in executive education including as Section Lead for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme, and have designed and delivered courses for thousands of UG and PG students in face-to-face and online settings, building on my career both as an entrepreneurship academic and as a practitioner as project implementation and user-engagement manager at a fast-growth digital HR solutions startup in London during its flotation on AIM. 
    I work internationally supporting enterprise education and research, having chaired enterprise education curriculum reviews for the European Commission’s cross-discipline EIT programme to embed entrepreneurship education into initiatives to tackle global challenges, chaired the European Council of Small Business European Entrepreneurship Education conference, supporting PhD education development at the United States Association of Small Business Conference and as Co-Editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research.  My own research focusses on how perceptions and experience of executives influences the development of entrepreneurial projects in existing organisations and the role of social learning in developing entrepreneurship education ecosystems and programmes.
    In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the Yorkshire countryside with my young family, keeping fit and singing. 
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  • Ruth Rowe


    Entrepreneurship Officer, Bridgend College

    Ruth is a multi-award-winning enterprise educator and EEUK Fellow who has been championing Entrepreneurship at Bridgend College since 2010. As a business adviser before taking up her current post, she specialized in supporting start–ups and managed the acclaimed Women into Business programme. Her wide-ranging qualifications include an IEEP Fellowship and an MA in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.

    Alongside her role, Ruth was a trustee of the Fairwood Trust, a charity supporting disadvantaged young people to fulfil their potential through education and enterprise, for ten years a Bridgend College governor for four years and a member of the EWC’s Fitness to Practice team. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys reading, cooking and going to the theatre. She also plays tennis every week and hopes her enthusiasm makes up for her lack of talent.

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  • Dr Vicky Mountford-Brown


    Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University


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