It’s been a while - nearly five years, to be precise - but here I am, back online with a shiny spruced-up new-look website, and I’m raring to go. Some of you may have followed meRead More
I am a lecturer, an entrepreneur and an all-round, self-confessed, completely unashamed education geek.
I’ve been teaching enterprise and entrepreneurial skills for almost a decade now, and I currently lecture at a number of institutions around the UK, delivering across a range of course including The Entrepreneurial Mindset, Business Modelling, Business Strategy, and Business Planning. I mentor a number of start-up businesses and consult on business growth ad development.
In a nutshell, my twin passions of business and education have led me to become an expert in the field of entrepreneurship, and my unique experience as both a practitioner and educator enables me to help people to successfully create, grow and develop their professional ventures. I’m incredibly driven by an experiential approach to learning that helps people to bring their ideas to life, and I believe that entrepreneurship is, and should be, for anyone and everyone.
One of the biggest misconceptions of ‘The Entrepreneur’ is the idea of an old-school, macho, dominated, works-90-hours-per-week sort of fictional character; pinstripe suit-wearing, brandy-swilling, cigar-smoking men, back-slapping around a huge table in a board room. Sure, there’s some humour in that image, but whilst the archetypal businessman can be a positive aspiration for some, more often than not these connotations can inhibit people from achieving their full professional potential, as they shy away from an intimidating ‘business world’ that they think simply isn’t for them.
This is not the case. There are entrepreneurs in every single area of our economy: The people delivering your takeaway or your online food shop; your taxi home; consultants working on design projects; the team fitting out your kitchen; freelancers writing the magazine article you’re reading. You don’t need a brandy glass and a cigar case. Losing the stereotype of ‘The Entrepreneur’ will inspire more people to work for themselves. It is a great shame that people think they can’t be an entrepreneur, and I am motivated and inspired by helping to teach people that they really can.
My unique career has also helped to distinguished me from others in my field and - not one to blow my own trumpet - I’ve racked up a decent number of national awards, directorships and publications over the years, and have the press to prove it too. However, whilst it’s amazing to feel like I’ve achieved some of my professional goals and get some seriously good stuff under my belt, I’m also extremely ambitious and keen to grow and develop, and very much see myself as ‘starting out’; I may be the teacher, but you are forever a student, and my philosophy is to always keep learning. I give lectures, but I attend them too, along with training courses and workshops, and reading absolutely everything enterprise-related that I can get my mitts on (I told you I was an education geek). This website is a space for me to start taking this knowledge and experience and bringing all of the elements of my different careers together.
Welcome, come on in and take a look around, and geek out alongside me in this entrepreneurship community.
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