EXECUTIVE TEAM

Marc is an entrepreneur who has worked across the media industries as a Founder, CEO, Director, Strategist and Creative Director.

Marc Ortmans
Chair, Executive Director

Elaine is an experienced executive consultant who has worked extensively in entrepreneurship, leadership development and change.

Elaine Gold
Acting MD, Executive Director

Aaron is founder of Mourne Management Systems advising SMEs and startups on growth, investment and sustainability.

Aaron Furphy
Partnerships Director

AMBASSADORS

Award winning serial entrepreneur, founder of The Simple Series and The Seed Formula supporting rural women entrepreneurs.

Shirley Palmer
Ambassador, Rural Entrepreneurship

Piers is Founder/CEO of Moblox, an entrepreneur, investor, former Dragon’s Den dragon, and champion of diversity in SMEs

Piers Linney
Ambassador

Priya is a venture partner at Merian Ventures, investing in women-led innovation, an Innovate UK Council member and TLA/GTA advisor.

Priya Guha MBE
Ambassador

Arif is a senior lecturer at Bloomsbury Institute and Executive Director of the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network.

Arif Zaman
Ambassador, Education

NON EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Babita is a start and scale strategist advising on marketing and business development across a diverse range of sectors

Babita Devi
Non-Executive Director

Helene is a women in business champion, serial entrepreneur and President of women business leaders network, Savvitas.

HELENE MARTIN GEE
Non-Executive Director

Chris is a senior entrepreneurship strategy specialist at the World Bank and previously led NESTA's research into startups and new tech impa

Dr. Chris Haley
Non-Executive Director

Before founding startup RunFriendly Scott was Executive Director at Future Cities Catapult and cofounder of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Scott Cain
Non-Executive Director

Jonathan is founder and president of GEN and helped launch GEN’s cornerstone initiative, Global Entrepreneurship Week, in 2008.

Jonathan Ortmans
Global Representative, Director

Ginni has worked in banking and accountancy as company secretary, assistant compliance manager and auditing assistant.

Ginni Kapoor
Deputy Company Secretary

NATIONAL DIRECTORS

Gareth has worked with over 3,000 startups and founder of TownSq, a B Corp focused on community-led coworking spaces.

Gareth Jones
National Director, Wales

As Director for Entrepreneurship at UCL. I have a truly awe-inspiring role to encourage talent across the UCL landscape.

Jerry Allen
National Director, England

Russell is a Scottish entrepreneur, investor, strategist and Innovator. He is Founding Chairman of the Scottish Business Network.

Russell Dalgleish
National Director, Scotland

A multi-award-winning entrepreneur, growth mindset educator, speaker, founder, mentor, mental health and wellbeing trainer.

Katie Matthews
National Director, Northern Ireland, Director GEW UK

Entrepreneur and CEO of fast growth consultancy, Pathways Global, focused on helping business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs

Royston Guest
Director, Channel Islands

ADVISORY BOARD

Jacqueline is a global humanitarian, innovator, Founder CEO of Universal Inclusion, and The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network.

Jacqueline Winstanley
Advisor, Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Jacqui is co-Founder/CEO of FlyingBinary, founder of Empathy Economy and advisor to Cabinet Office, EC, and UN

Dr Jacqui Taylor
Advisor, Net Zero

Josh Armstrong is Enterprise Officer at University of Winchester and is passionate about creating future ready entrepreneurs.

Josh Armstrong
Advisor, Education

Matt Smith is director of research and policy for GEN and has worked at the heart of the UK’s world-leading entrepreneurial ecosystem since.

Matt Smith
Advisor, Research and Policy