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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.