Enterprise Learning Director
Information Systems and International Studies
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I am presently Cardiff Met’s Entrepreneurship Learning Director – seconded from the Welsh School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management to Cardiff Met’s Learning and Teaching Support Unit and the Research and Enterprise Unit. This role allows me to support students who want to set-up their own business, through providing module workshops and talks to groups of students, or mentoring individuals to assist them in applying for entrepreneurship scholarships. This work is linked to the Knowledge Exploitation Fund entrepreneurship initiative (a network of funding opportunities for students in further and higher education in Wales – (http://www.kef-wales.org.uk/
I have resided in Wales since November 1990, when I became the first Sports Development Officer in Cynon Valley in Mid-Glamorgan (now Rhondda Cynon Taff). In that role I was involved in starting and creating new sporting opportunities for young people in the borough, through a mixture of high profile sports events and setting-up sustainable sports coaching schemes. I spent 2 years organising a variety of sports and events and had great fun doing it! My legacy there was organising the first Cynon Valley triathlon in May 1992, an event which stills runs today!
Before moving to Wales I worked for NatWest Bank in the South West London region in a number of branches, where I became interested in helping small business start-up. I joined NatWest in September 1982, after completing a combined science degree at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University). After seven years I sought a change for a number of reasons and was offered a place on the MSc Recreation Management at Loughborough University. Spoilt for the countryside in that area of England, as a family we decided not to move back to London and I found my role in Sports Development with Cynon Valley.
I joined Cardiff Institute of Higher Education (formerly UWIC 1996-2011, now Cardiff Metropolitan University) in November 1992 as the School accounting lecturer. This was at a time when the BA and HND Recreation and Leisure Management programmes were starting. I became Course Director for the BA (Hons) Recreation and Leisure Management in 1996 and combined this with the HND in 1997, before passing on the responsibility to a colleague in 2002. I saw through the change of course title to BA (Hons) and HND Lst and Sports Management in 2000. I am still involved in the courses as Admissions Tutor for the HND and BA Leisure Management.
My current teaching in the School is on the Level 3 Enterprise Project - where the students look at writing a business plan for a business they are interested in and evaluating the process and results, as an alternative to a dissertation. At Level 2 I lecture on Developing a Business and the enterprise route of the Research Methods 2 modules. Developing a Business lets the students set-up a small business from the initial conception of the idea and conducting their market research, to writing the business plan, with a view to starting a company on the Young Enterprise - Graduate Programme.
My interests outside Cardiff Met extend to two current external examinerships at Bournemouth University (due to finish in August 2005) and Southampton Institute of Higher Education (due to finish in October 2007).
Outside Cardiff Met I am Chair is the Careers Development Committee at my youngest daughter’s school, Howells, in Cardiff. This work involves supporting the School’s careers events and helping to organise the bi-annual Howells School Careers Convention.
As a member of ILAM (Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management), I am a member of the Wales Regional Executive Committee – representing Cardiff Met in the educational and training aspects of ILAM’s work. This has led me to join the ILAM Professional Development Board and I have also become the unit leader for the Finance module within the Institute’s professional qualification framework.
My sports interests include hockey and cricket. I play hockey throughout the winter for Whitchurch Hockey Club 5th Eleven as a wiley centre forward. What I lack in speed these days I make up for in experience and positional sense. Whitchurch have gained promotion to the English National League for the 04/05 season. To help further this success, I have become the marketing manager helping to publicise the club in a number of ways, primarily though the club’s website. http://www.whitchurch-hockey.com/
My wife, Jane, works as a special needs teach at Whitchurch High School and also runs her own garden design business, http://www.savagegardendesign.co.uk/. I have two daughters, Lauren, who attends Ty Gwyn Special School and Emily, who is at Howells. We have lived in Llandaff, Cardiff, since February 2003.