The Team

(In Alphabetical order…)

Dr. Catherine Bushell

Enterprise Manager

Catherine is the Enterprise Manager and leads the Cardiff University Enterprise Team. She founded Cardiff University Enterprise in 2008 as a focus within the University for extracurricular enterprise education and business start-up support. The Enterprise team has developed over the past few years from a lone voice to a 6 strong team of enthusiastic enterprise educators. Catherine’s main role now is to ensure that the team continues to encourage and enthuse students and graduates and nurture their innovative and enterprising abilities.

Following a PhD in plant sciences, Catherine decided that enterprise was more fun than tiny plants and started to grow enterprise activities instead. She completed an MSc in Entrepreneurship in 2008 and is currently participating in the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme run by the National Council for Enterprise Education.

Neil Coles
Senior Enterprise Learning Officer

Neil leads on Cardiff University’s ‘enterprise and innovation in the curriculum’ project, which aims to work with academic lecturing staff to enhance the focus on building an ‘enterprise capability’ within research led learning.

Connecting with and recognising the benefits of enterprise education through his own post graduate studies in the late nineties Neil has become a practitioner and vocal supporter of this engaged way of learning. He has developed numerous programmes that have been used within compulsory, community and elective education. To support the approach he has always kept a breadth of international comparative research on idea development, venture creation, employability and has personally supported hundreds of individual businesses to start via a range of European and Welsh Government funded programmes.

Neil has spoken on the subject of enterprise education at international conferences’, delivered workshops for research driven academics, practitioners and students’ a like. He strongly believes enterprising personality traits can be developed and can help make graduates more employable. Neil has completed postgraduate qualifications in enterprise, education and through evidenced and on-going professional alignment, has recently been recognised as a fully qualified teacher.

Annika-Louise Frayling
Enterprise Administrator

Annika has worked for the University for a few years, but has had quite the varied career before joining Enterprise.

Annika’s main role is to assist in the Administration of the section, making sure the team complete their paperwork and the information databases are accurate. Weekly email updates are also compiled by Annika.

You will often see her helping at events and information stands  promoting Enterprise and the workshops on offer.

 

Iheanyi Ibe
Enterprise Officer 

Iheanyi is an accredited and experienced Business/Enterprise Adviser working with clients in the commercial development of ideas, Business start ups and securing competitive advantage and increased profitability for existing businesses and projects.

His varied roles in the last 10 years, including being an Associate Lecturer in the University of West England’s Business School, have all revolved around business development projects and have continued to provide extensive experience in different sectors and industries (including retail management, product development, business training and Social Enterprises).

As an SME entrepreneur, he is passionate about educating marginalised and less privileged groups. He subscribes to the notion that ‘knowledge is power’. He also works with community groups, projects, students and other young people to increase their knowledge through developing enterprising skills so as to become self sustainable, employable and lead their own destinies.

Taren A Youngs

Enterprise Officer

blog photoTaren has worked at Cardiff University since May 2013 and is originally from Seattle, Washington. Taren studied at Central Washington University where she earned two BAs in History and Religious Studies and studied abroad at the University of Dundee. She decided to stay in Scotland and do some postgraduate work at St Andrew’s University before returning to Seattle to work for a large design, build and maintenance firm. Whilst working in the private sector she realised that she missed the UK and working within higher education and decided to return to Scotland. Before accepting the post at Cardiff University, Taren worked at Plymouth University in their Marketing, Recruitment and Outreach Teams specialising in printed publications, event coordination, school’s liaison and public speaking.

Taren leads on the implementation of the Welsh Government funded Youth Enterprise Strategy SE HUB project and manages and coordinates an extracurricular programme of enterprise education events and activities. She also acts as a mentor to the Enactus team. Taren is dedicated to the student experience and to working with students as partners in both business and learning.

 

Find us in the Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering on the 2nd floor of the Students’ Union.

To get in contact with any of the team, please email enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk or call us on 02920 781442