NACUE is the UK’s leading organisation for engaging students in enterprise. We work with a network of over 260 institutions and student enterprise societies. Our partners help us to deliver this vision.
Grow– We create, nurture and support over 260 entrepreneurial societies at universities and colleges across the country.
Connect – We deliver events attended by thousands of exceptional students, graduates and educators. We connect them with the skills and resources needed to achieve their goals.
Advocate – We champion the voice of tens of thousands of students and educators, helping them to shape policy with those in the government and enterprise department.
The 260 enterprise societies in our network are groups of students who passionately believe that by putting their ideas into action they gain the confidence, creativity and capability they’ll need to thrive in an ever-changing future economy. Enterprise societies come in all shapes and sizes, some provide funding, business incubator space and pop-up shops for student startups, others run ‘hackathons’ to create solutions to business problems, bring leading speakers to campuses, and even create policy think-tanks. They do this because they believe in sharing the opportunity of enterprise and entrepreneurship with their peers.
Student Advisory Board
NACUE’s Student Advisory Board guides our work and ensures the student voice is at the heart of what we do. Learn more about them here.
Our close relationship to our network gives us the opportunity to advocate greater support for enterprise to policymakers and influencers and to create partnerships with institutions, government and companies to improve the journey of enterprising students. We work with every type of institution, from the city-centre vocational college to the traditional research-led university, and partner with some of the leading businesses in the world to deliver over 20 events and conferences each year.
We provide experience and knowledge to those setting up and running enterprise societies, services to institutions that want to establish an enterprising culture among their students, and policy solutions to government.
The NACUE Team
NACUE’s team is responsible for the day-to-day work and activity of the organisation. Find out more about the team and each person’s responsibilities below.
Board of Directors and Senior Management Team
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Johnny is the CEO of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), working with entrepreneurial students across 200 UK campuses. Johnny is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Institute of Directors. Before this, he was a Senior Policy Advisor and then the Deputy Head of Strategy for Entrepreneurship in the UK Government, where he helped monetise assets worth £160m and led a six-nation enterprise roadshow across Europe. He was also the co-founder of Inspired & Hired, an award winning social project and a alumni of Lord Wei’s Diaspora Leadership Programme. Johnny wrote the internationally serialised book ‘The Grad Job Game’, is a graduate from Durham University and a former National Schools Rowing Gold Medalist.</a>
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Antonia's background is in Customer Service and Operations, delivered in a range of settings across the private and public sectors. She worked for a number of years as Operations Director for Cable and Wireless and then moved on to be Customer Service Director of Sweet and Maxwell, one of the UK's largest legal publishers. Until taking up her role at NACUE, she worked as Head of Operations at the College of Law and was responsible for setting up their corporate law school at Moorgate and for all non-teaching activity at the centre. Email her on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
Chief Finance Officer (CFO)
Graham is the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and is an experienced commercially minded accountant. He worked for over twenty-five years in the property sector, eventually working for the largest property services company in the UK. Latterly he has been working as a business consultant giving advice and support to new businesses and bringing practical solutions to problems. He has built a reputation for getting the job done, no matter what the circumstances, and is very much a “hands on” accountant with high standards and a straightforward approach. Email him on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
Head of Community
Holly is responsible for overseeing and providing support to colleges across the country. She is passionate about supporting young individuals in reaching their full potential when preparing for the their future. Having graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in 2012 and securing a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, she has facilitated workshops with first year students and potential students of the university. She is now ready for a new challenge in social enterprise and entrepreneurial activities. Email her on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
HE Delivery Manager
Mark looks after and supports universities based remotely from Manchester. Since graduating from Liverpool University with a BSc in Criminology Mark has worked amongst the corporate events industry as well as the financial sector. He refers to himself as a life enthusiast that flourishes from examples of initiative and inspiration in both the commercial and sporting world. Mark believes that providing the support framework for students to enhance their own development is what NACUE do the best and enjoys encouraging the enterprising potential amongst young people. An avid rugby fan Mark has also been involved with a variety of community initiatives to help develop sport in areas where it has struggled across Manchester in the past. He also has a creative side through his love for photography and often spends his spare time out and about telling a story through a lens. Email him on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a> or tweet him <a href="http://twitter.com/mrmarkdavies" target="_blank">@MrMarkDavies</a>.
FE Regional Enterprise Coordinator
Samantha works with colleges in the North West, aiming to inspire and educate young people about the exciting opportunities that enterprise can bring. She was involved in co-founding a student business during her time at The University of Liverpool and had involvement with The Liverpool Entrepreneurial Network Society (LENS). Having graduated in 2014, Samantha has joined the team and is excited to work with students in her local region to establish and develop enterprise societies. Email her on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
Online Community Manager
Robin will be developing the Online community of NACUE, looking at new ways to connect and support our Student members. Whilst in the second year of her degree in Games Art and Design at NUA, she was Co-founder and President of the Enterprise Society there, sparking her interest in Student Entrepreneurship. With a passion for Game Development and User Experience Design, she will utilise her skills in these areas to re-design our Online offering. She is looking forward to working with the amazing NACUE Student community, and helping it grow. Email her on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a> or tweet her at <a href="https://twitter.com/Robin_AtWork"target="_blank">@Robin_AtWork</a>.
Head of Events
Jamie is the Head of Events at NACUE and leads the team in delivering the busy calendar of national events. He is passionate about small businesses, especially innovative retailers and exciting designer-makers. In the past he has led venue teams at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Edinburgh Festival and London Fields Brewery. He loves the challenge of live events and working at the centre of a young and vibrant team at NACUE. And finally, he once spent a weekend representing London Broncos dressed as a horse at the Big Weekend in Murrayfield! Find him on linked in or tweet @jmehsn Email him on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Communications and Research Team
Communications and Marketing Manager
Camilla is NACUE’s Communication and Marketing Manager, responsible for spreading the word about what NACUE is up to and the exciting activities of the UK’s student entrepreneurs. Camilla has previously worked as an online journalist with a conservation NGO and was a voluntary publicity coordinator for the charity FoodCycle. As a graduate from the University of Leeds, she is constantly amazed and inspired by the societies and startups she encounters through NACUE. And although she may not have hit on the next ‘big thing’ quite yet, she still thinks her service station guide books would fly off the shelves. Email her on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a> or tweet <a href="http://twitter.com/camilla_grace"target="_blank">@Camilla_Grace</a>.
Impact, Evaluation and Research Manager
With a BA in History and beginning her postgraduate studies in Policy Studies at SOAS this year, Micha first became interested in enterprise after being inspired by watching Alan Sugar’s Junior Apprentice. Micha went on to set up her own vintage clothing enterprise during university called Mish Mash Vintage. As part of the impact, evaluation and research team at NACUE, Micha has a passion for transparent evaluation reporting and enjoys showing the rest of the world the positive impact NACUE is having on society and in raising the profile of student entrepreneurs. Email her on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a> or follow her @Micha_research
Impact, Evaluation and Research Officer
Till is responsible for examining NACUE’s impact on student societies and youth entrepreneurship. He is passionate about conducting qualitative and quantitative research and creating surveys and polls. Particularly the analysis of employability, entrepreneurship and enterprise really fascinates him. He has previously worked as a researcher for a university ranking organisations and at the German embassy in Kiev. He completed his Research Master in East European Studies at UCL and was actively involved in improving the university handball club. Apart from handball, Till loves playing rugby, singing, speaking Russian and eating good food from around the world.Email him on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
Jonty is the brains behind NACUE's design and was used to be Head of Events & Communications before moving to the USA. Jonty is an avid audiophile and general music lover, having played in various nationally touring and studio bands prior to his time at NACUE. He plays five instruments, He writes for a Californian lifestyle magazine called vhcle, plays entrepreneur himself at refreshyourcv.com and AP Media, and once sold a guitar to Pete Doherty. Email him on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
Head of Membership
Oris (previously East of England Regional Coordinator) Before joining NACUE in November 2012, Oris spent three years successfully developing an entrepreneurship programme for the University of Hertfordshire. This was followed by working as a Business Development Executive for a leading software company for the public and academic sector. His keen interest and passion is in people and career development. Email him on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>, tweet him <a href="http://twitter.com/oris_ikomi" target="_blank">@oris_ikomi</a> or connect on LinkedIn at <a href="http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/oris-ikomi/1b/261/830" target="_blank">Oris Ikomi</a>.
An experienced IT management professional with over 25 years of proven success in providing effective technological solutions to different business sectors. Joe has held senior management positions with various international companies with extensive IT experience across the whole of the technology spectrum, as well as in depth business experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, asset finance, personal finance, sales finance, leasing, credit management, factoring, invoice discounting, commercial ratings and trade credit insurance. Joe is also a business angel and mentor to a number of commercial, voluntary and charitable organisations.
Jackson is a partner in a law firm specialising in Company law and litigation. He sits as a trustee for a charity and advises various community bodies and social enterprises. Jackson read law at SOAS and also at the LSE. He is also an alumnus of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. He spends his spare time as a community activist whose work has centred around youth engagement and ethnic minorities. His interests has taken him to working as an Advisor in Parliament and as the Director of the Conservative Friends of the Chinese.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Alison manages the office and does all things admin for the NACUE team including HR, travel bookings and sometimes even feeding us! She also acts as personal assistant to Johnny and facilitates the Boards of Directors and Trustees. She has experience in event management and working with students in FE too. Outside of NACUE she volunteers in GirlGuiding by mentoring new leaders and planning events at her local campsite. Email her on <a href="mailto:email@example.com" >firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
Board of Trustees
The NACUE Board of Trustees is responsible for the charitable mission of the organisation.
Chair of Trustees
John MacIntyre is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at NACUE. As Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Sunderland, John has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Faculty’s activities in the Departments of Computing, Engineering and Technology; Pharmacy, Health and Well-being; Psychology; and Sport and Exercise Sciences. In each of these areas he leads a team of senior staff, developing and implementing strategies for teaching, research and external engagement. As Pro Vice Chancellor John has responsibility for developing and implementing the University’s research, knowledge transfer, and employer engagement plans, as well as supporting the University’s contributions to city and regional economic development. John has collaborated with key partners to scope and implement the University’s involvement in the Sunderland City Economic Masterplan, and a variety of initiatives such as the Regional Growth Fund, City Enterprise and Innovation Strategy, and Sunderland Software City. John is also working closely with the North East LEP to help shape opportunities to support advanced manufacturing and the automotive sectors in the region.
Vice Chair of Trustees
Tim is UCL’s Director of Enterprise Operations and the Director of UCL Advances, the centre for entrepreneurship. He joined UCL Advances in August 2007 to lead the department from launch. Since then, UCL Advances has grown from a four to 20-person unit and has raised over £6 million funding from the Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, The London Development Agency, European Union ERDF and InterReg programmes, Santander and other corporate partners. Prior to Advances, Tim spent six years running his own business, which helped universities and large corporations to spin-out high technology companies. A graduate of UCL, Tim began his professional life as a business consultant with a big-five firm in London. Tim Chairs the NACUE Board of Directors and Senior Advisory board and is a member of the International Advisory Boards for Flywheel Ventures, an early-stage US venture capital company, and Venture Cup Denmark, a national programme that seeks to unearth Danish university entrepreneurs. He holds the CFA’s Investment Management Certificate.
Vice Chair of Trustees
Tony is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustee's at NACUE. Tony’s professional career has focussed on economic development and regeneration, and in a non-executive capacity with the fund management sector. Until recently he was Chairman of Edinburgh Dragon Trust plc, an Asian investment company, and Director of the Scottish Qualifications Authority. He has a strong personal commitment to business-orientated education and training, and to stimulating entrepreneurship among students and staff in higher education institutions. A physicist by training and former university lecturer, he has worked as a British official in India, Japan and France.
Jacques de Cock
Jacques has over 25 years’ experience of consulting, technology and business management and entrepreneurship and is currently the CEO of BQu a business services company based in the UK and Sri Lanka which he founded as well as a partner of CQRS, an early stage company investor and advisor as well as trustee of Sri Lankan Children Foundation and NACUE. Jacques developed leading consulting capabilities and knowledge management capabilities as
Vice President of Mercer Management Consulting, Principal of Booz|Allen|Hamilton in the UK, France and USA and as a founding Director of Spicer and Oppenheim Consultants. His focus then was mainly in Financial Services with an additional focus on Investment Banking and Capital Markets. He was also the CEO of Patsystems plc, a leading on-line trading software developer, where he took the company from a 6 man start-up, through a London Main Market flotation; growing it into a £200m market capitalised company in 3 years. Jacques has been involved as hands on investor, advisor or management more than 15 start-ups in various industries. Jacques has an MA in Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from London Business School and is married with three wonderful daughters.
Burrinder has a background in venture capital backed early stage technology transfer and commercialisation arising principally from the university sector; he has spent the last decade working with academics, universities and the NHS in-order to develop novel science and business ideas into stand-alone commercial enterprises. He has lead as chief executive and invested in the creation of several start-up companies and continues to be actively involved in the development of early stage ventures. Formerly, Burrinder was an Investment Manager at IP Group plc. and a Strategy Consultant at Deloitte Consulting (London). An Economics graduate from Cambridge University, Burrinder is a qualified Pharmacist, holds a doctorate in transdermal drug delivery and is a regional advisor to the patient charity The British Lung Foundation. Currently, he is founder and Chief Executive of Explore Health, a patient advocacy company seeking to deliver improvements in healthcare through interrogation and interpretation of medical information.
After graduating in French Language and Literature, David joined the Diplomatic Service in 1968. He served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and, after a nine month course at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, at the British Embassy in Paris. David transferred to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 1980 and served in various posts dealing with European and international aspects of trade policy and radio-communications and, on secondment to the Civil Service College, with the Franco-British training exchange programme. Following three years at the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, David was appointed in 1994 to head the DTI unit responsible for UK policy on industrial aspects of the European Research and Development Programmes. From early 2000 until the end of 2002, he served as Secretary of The Queen’s Awards Office, managing the scheme of awards for outstanding business achievement. From 2003 to 2011 he continued to work on The Queen’s Awards on a part-time basis, as Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for the Awards. In 2004 he was a member of the working group which established a new award for individuals, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, and assessed nominations for this award until 2011. Since 2012 David has enjoyed supporting enterprise education and business start-up as a trustee of NACUE and an adviser to Startup Generation.
The idea for NACUE was formed in 2008 by 12 enterprise society presidents. These university students were already playing a leading role in the development of student entrepreneurship at their institutions, but they realised that together they could create something bigger for the benefit of their societies. In 2009, Oxford Entrepreneurs President Victoria Lennox took the plunge and founded what was then the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs, with support from the other enterprise presidents, Matt Smith and Cyprian Szalankiewicz.
We existed as a predominantly volunteer led organisation until 2011, a massive year of expansion. As well as relaunching as a charity at the start of the year, NACUE announced a big expansion thanks to funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and expanded our operation from just universities to include colleges too. On November 15th 2011 we changed our name to the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs to represent our new commitment to other levels of education.
Those original 12 societies were the catalysts for an extraordinary movement in student entrepreneurship. Now that initial group has grown into a national non-profit and a thriving national network representing nearly 260 college and university enterprise societies.
NACUE Founder - Oxford Entrepreneurs President 08-09
Hushpreet's enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and startups was born while she was studying and working in the startup community in the USA. In 2009 she graduated with a first class BA degree in International Business. Her quest is to create the most entrepreneurial generation of young people the world has ever seen. Hushpreet’s interests lie in business model innovation, commercialisation, innovation-driven ecosystems, and mobilising great people and resources to create change.
Higher Education Enterprise Campaigner & former President of Lancaster Entrepreneurs
Essex University Entrepreneurs President 08-09
Imperial Entrepreneurs President 08-09
Nottingham Entrepreneurs Founder & President 08-09
Kingston Entrepreneurs President 08-09
Warwick Entrepreneurs President 08-09
King's College London Business Club Founder and President 08-09
Brookes Entrepreneurs President 08-09
Cambridge University Entrepreneurs President 08-09
Fish On Toast (University of Southampton) President 08-09