Our Directors

  • Dan Henderson

    Director

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

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  • Dave Bolton

    Director

    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

    Vice-Chair

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Will Pritchard

    Director

    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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