Taj is a commercially focused, hands-on co-founder, executive and MBA with 20 year track record of direct management, growth and turnaround.

Taj Heer
Managing Director

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
Global Advisor, Executive Director


Nikki has worked in tech, education and health startups, SMEs and corporates from electronics engineer to NHS Trust Chair.

Nikki Cole
Corporate Affairs, Non-Executive Director

Tom is an entrepreneurship guru and cofounder of Global Growth Hub which operates seed and growth acceleration programmes for tech startups.

Tom Strodtbeck
Non-Executive Director

Chris leads NESTA's research into how startups and new technologies can drive economic growth, and their impact on strategy and policy.

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


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

Russell Dalgleish
National Director, Scotland

Kosta is founder CEO of Empact Ventures and an award-winning global super-connector who co-designs leading startup and tech initiatives.

Kosta Mavroulakis
National Director, England

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

Katie Matthews
National Director, Northern Ireland

Francesca James is founder of Great British Entrepreneur Awards, a national celebration of entrepreneurship across the UK.

Francesca James
National Director, Wales


Matt oversees the research, policy and network activities of the entrepreneurship foundation Centre for Entrepreneurs.

Matt Smith
Advisor to the Board