About

Powering the Enterprising Generation

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. 

Enterprise societies

The 240 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 Work

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

Johnny Luk

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Antonia Rodgers

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Graham Kinch

Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Community Team

Holly Knower

Head of Community

Mark Davies

HE Delivery Manager

Samantha Jones

FE Regional Enterprise Coordinator

Events Team

Jamie Harrison

Head of Events

Geo West

Events Officer

Policy, Communications and Research Team

Lester Holloway

Acting Head of Policy, Research and Communications

Camilla James

Communications and Marketing Manager

Robin Silcock

Online Community Manager

Micha Nestor

Impact, Evaluation and Research Manager

Till Spanke

Impact, Evaluation and Research Officer

Jonty Young

Designer

Services Team

Oris Ikomi

Head of Membership

Curran McKay

Membership Sales Manager

Joe Chan

Business Consultant

Administration Team

Alison Newnham

Executive Assistant to CEO

Board of Trustees

The NACUE Board of Trustees is responsible for the charitable mission of the organisation.

John MacIntyre

Chair of Trustees

Anthony Cassidy

Vice Chair of Trustees

David Moore

Vice Chair of Trustees

Tim Barnes

Trustee

Burrinder Grewal

Trustee

Jacques de Cock

Trustee

History

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 200 college and university enterprise societies.

Leadership

Victoria Lennox

NACUE Founder - Oxford Entrepreneurs President 08-09

Hushpreet Dhaliwal

CEO 2010-2014

 

Founding Members

Matt Smith

Higher Education Enterprise Campaigner & former President of Lancaster Entrepreneurs

Saad Mohammed

Essex University Entrepreneurs President 08-09

Niccolo Corsini

Imperial Entrepreneurs President 08-09

Ben Grech

Nottingham Entrepreneurs Founder & President 08-09

Andre Campbell

Kingston Entrepreneurs President 08-09

Kosta Mavroulakis

Warwick Entrepreneurs President 08-09

Zain Jaffer

King's College London Business Club Founder and President 08-09

Nicholas Darmanin

Brookes Entrepreneurs President 08-09

Amir Chaudhry

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs President 08-09

Tony Kissack

Fish On Toast (University of Southampton) President 08-09

Jacqueline Kueh

UCL Enterprise Society President 08-09

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