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.

Board of Trustees

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

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.

Until January 2016, Tim was the Director of UCL Enterprise Operations and Director of UCL Advances, the centre for entrepreneurship at University College London and largest such centre in the world, which Tim led from its launch in 2007. In total, Tim grew a team of four into a team of 65 in eight years. He is the founder of The Rain Gods, a new company building enterprise programmes and incubation support.

A serial entrepreneur, he previously founded a services business and Citrus Saturday, a non-profit enterprise driving entrepreneurial ambition in school-age children that now runs in sixteen countries. Previously, Tim worked as an investment manager at a pan-European investment firm that specialised in early-stage technology ventures.

Tim is a member of the Board for the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, which represents university entrepreneurship programmes around the world, as well as 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.

In 2014, he was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for life.

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 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.

Past Leadership

Throughout Johnny Luk’s career he has worked within the world of policy and entrepreneurship, with a keen passion for both and was the co-founder of Inspired & Hired, an award winning social project. Johnny wrote the internationally serialised book ‘The Grad Job Game’, which advises students on their post education options and became a prominent commentator and writer on entrepreneurship education and the enterprise sector more widely.

 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.

Victoria Lennox is Founder and CEO of Startup Canada, an entrepreneur-led movement working across Canada to support and celebrate Canadian entrepreneurship. She moved to the UK to study for an MSc and by the time she returned home she had set up a national body supporting student enterprise (NACUE), received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion as well as numerous other prestigious awards and been noted as ‘One to Watch’ by Spectator Business. Victoria is a born entrepreneur, describing herself as a serial-entrepreneur and policy work. One of her earliest ventures was the Council of Women in Politics and Public Policy, a student association connecting students with successful female leaders for mentoring and support.

Founding Members

When NACUE was first founded, Enterprise Society Presidents came together to create the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs.


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