HEEG Annual Conference 2016/17

Where are we now?


Tuesday 13th June 12:30 – 18:00
Tuesday 13th June: evening social
Wednesday 14th June 08:30 – 13:30

Location: Kingston Business School, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames

The HEEG Annual Conference 2017 presents us with an opportunity to for us to catch up on higher education entrepreneurship progress and allows us to pause, report and reflect together on what has been achieved this year. How is the task of embedding entrepreneurship across our universities progressing? What impact are we having on our students, the SMEs that we help to start and support, and on wider society?

Our institutions are varied as to their missions, strategies, and the means at their disposal to support enterprise. We will be sharing best practice, example of success and failure, evaluations and responses to many challenges entrepreneurship educators face. The two days will showcase the best of HEEG’s events for 2016/2017 and give educators the chance to share their triumphs and find some new ideas for next year.

As always at HEEG conferences, there will be insights from policy perspectives, research findings, and most importantly the opportunity to share experiences, techniques, approaches, problems and solutions associated with enterprise education.

We invite you to join us at Kingston University to share your triumphs, find some new ideas for next year and showcase the best of HEEG 2016/17.

The conference starts in the afternoon of 13 June, and continues until lunchtime on the 14 June. The evening of 13 June will provide an opportunity to network and have fun with existing and new contacts. We are holding the evening social at the Bishop located along the river Thames, just a short walk from local hotels and transport in Kingston upon Thames. Delegates will be greeted with sparkling wine upon arrival followed by a 3 course meal, networking and some fun and games. The stunning riverside view will provide the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable and relaxing evening.


Ticket Delegates from Subscribing institutions Delegates from non-subscribing institutions  
2 day Conference Free £175  
2 day conference + Social Evening £40 £215  
1 day conference Free £110

Please click here to book your tickets   

Please click here for full agenda.   

Please click here for brochure with more information about speakers and workshops.  


Venue Information, Parking and Accommodation

The HEEG Annual Conference will be taking place at Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston Hill, KT27LB

Please click here to download the map of the Kingston Hill Campus, the Annual Conference will be taking place in the Business School (located 1 on the map) and the Lawley Theatre (located 12 on the map).

Click here for Accommodation, Parking and Travel Info

 Presenter Profiles

Please note that a full list of presenter profile will be made available soon.

Amy Pyle, Student Enterprise Manager,
London South Bank University





Amy works with LSBU students and graduates to develop their enterprise skills through a range of activities in and outside the curriculum. Amy also leads on coordinating LSBU graduate start-up programme and works with external partners.

Prior to her current role, Amy has worked as a Careers Adviser, a secondary school teacher and in the area of Widening Participation to HE.


Anna Sexton, Entrepreneur in Residence at LSBU and Founder of Open to Create




Anna is passionate about the power of creativity to inspire self-esteem and boost confidence. She is practicing artist and has been a freelance creative consultant since 2003, she has been an Entrepreneur in Residence at LSBU since 2014.


Andy Penaluna, Chair – Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Group






An expert at the United Nations in Geneva, Andy helped the European Commission to develop “EntreComp” and educator training for 8 countries in South East Europe, where he led the world’s first compulsory school curriculum for innovations and entrepreneurship. Andy writes for OECD on innovation and chairs QAA’s EntEd group.


Carolyn Keenan, Project Manager, BSEEN
Aston University

Carolyn Keenan




Carolyn is the Project Manager for BSEEN, an externally funded student and graduate start-up project. She is also responsible for a range of extra-curricular student enterprise activities and leads on a cross university Enterprise Educators Group.


Christopher Moon, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University





Multiple award winning social and eco entrepreneur. He was a finalist in the innovation and Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Awards 2015; and Judge of the awards 2016 and 2017. He was published extensively including an acclaimed book for the Economist and was formerly Head of Sustainability at two companies.


Gary Bishop, Associate Teaching Professor, Director, Student Research Services
Jake Jabs College of Business, Montana State University






Gary has 30+ years’ experience in Business, Education, Training Administration and Instructing in both the public and private sectors. Focus on small business and entrepreneurial ventures, and start-ups. He also has extensive experience in both Undergraduate and Graduate instruction in Business Consulting, Operations Management, Organisational Development, Product Marketing, Leadership Development and Corporate Training.


Karen Knibbs, Principal Lecturer
University of Portsmouth






Karen joined Portsmouth Business School in September 2002 following several years’ experience working in business-to-business marketing. As current Employability & Enterprise Coordinator, alongside teaching, Karen is undertaking a part-time PhD exploring attitudes, behaviours and mind-sets which enable related learning-gain both inside and outside of the classroom.


Kieran O’Connor, The Design School: Director of Enterprise, Kingston University





Kieran O’Connor is the School’s Director of Enterprise along with Zoe Bather – a visiting lecturer on BA (Hons) Graphic design and drove this very first prototype incubator programme from within the Kingston School of Art.


Libby England, Student Enterprise Manager,
London South Bank University





Libby is a Student Enterprise Manager at London South Bank University (LSBU) and focuses on creating opportunities for students and graduates to develop and apply skills in live business environment. Internships, consultancy and other employment opportunities with SMEs and start-ups expose students and graduates to the reality of running a business. Libby works with new and existing SMEs to offer these experiences to LSBU students and graduates.


Linsey Cole, Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute,
London South Bank University





Linsey is the Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at LSBU and has developed LSBU’s approach to student enterprise, supporting staff to embed enterprise into the curriculum and developing a programme of extra-curricular enterprise activities.


Lionel Bunting, Senior Lecturer in Marketing
University of Chichester





Learning about marketing and business enterprise from an academic is all the more interesting when it’s coupled with real life expertise. Lionel is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Chichester and has fifteen years commercial expertise in running his own marketing consultancy in the teaching of luxury marketing and brand management alongside other core aspects of marketing, decision making and business enterprise for both students and businesses.


Maureen Kendal, Director of Cybercare; Research and business associate at Ravensbourne College




Maureen has over 19 years of experience in Academic Research and Education. She also has experience in business computing and media. She is currently the director of two new technology start-ups namely: Cybercare.org.uk and dreamstudio.io.


Nicholas Read, Lecturer, Kingston University

Nicholas Read


Chairman of three award winning companies, author of two-best selling business books, and recipient of a global business books, and a recipient of a global business books, and a recipient of a global business award by President Donald J Trump, “the Brit who taught America how to do business” returned from New York to England in 2009, and now lectures for Kingston Business School.

Oscar Ces, Professor in Chemistry, Imperial College London





Oscar Ces (OC) is a Professor in Chemistry at Imperial College London is a leading specialist in soft condensed matter, chemical biology, microfluidics, artificial cells, single cell analysis and lipid membrane mechanics. Since 2006 he has raised >£30M in research funding, published nearly 100 papers, given >40 invited lectures and graduated 18 PhD students. He has active research programmes with industry including collaborations with AstraZeneca plc, GSK plc, P&G plc and Syngenta plc.

His current roles include: Co-Director of the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace, Director of Development and Advancement (Chemistry), Director of the Institute of Chemical Biology (ICB), Director of the ICB Centre for Doctoral Training and Co-Director of the Membrane Biophysics Platform.

Rubina Menghrani, Business Readiness and Skills Programme Manager, Kingston University

Rubina Menghrani BA (Hons), PG Dip

Rubina started her career in the Health Service, managing a variety of patient-professional communication projects before moving into Health Education. A short stint as a teacher of English as a Foreign/Second Language led her into the vocational education sector where she has been ever since! She currently manages the Business Readiness and Skills Programme within Kingston Business School.

Wesley Randle, Managing Director, Tacit Simulations and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute

Wesley Randle


Wesley has an Applied Biology degree from the University of Bath, a PhD in Medicine and Tissue Engineering from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Cranfield University. He worked in an Oxford University dotcom spin-out, in biotech, healthcare, toxicology an in vitro models at GSK PLC, in a regenerative medicine spin-out from Imperial College, as the Innovation Director at the University of Bedfordshire and as the Enterprise Director at Colworth Science Park (Goodman/Unilever JZ). Wesley specialises in strategy, intangibles, commercial development, raising finance and working with senior management teams).

Zoe Bather, Visiting lecturer, Kingston University


Zoe Bather is an award-winning editorial designer. She is also co-founder of ingreedies.com – engaging children with the food they eat. In addition to her commercial work, Zoe teaches teaches Graphic Design at Kingston School of Art, where last year she initiated an Incubator scheme

Accompanying Exhibition

Global Investor Simulations








Global Investor Simulations publishes Financial Lab Professional, an experiential applied learning resource which improves and enriches undergraduate learning and employability. The simulation is a dynamic and flexible tool which supports universities in several areas: Finance- and Business- related courses; employability skills development; schools outreach projects; open day events; and induction activities


Tacit Sims








Tacit Sims is exhibiting at the HEEG 2017 conference in London on the 13th and 14th June.

We’re running a few demo sessions/min-competitions so you can get a feel for the product and compete to win a Kindle Fire Tablet if you get a winning score during the conference!

After registering on this page we’ll contact you and allocate a slot either on the 13th (2 slots) or 14th (2 slots) of June for you to drop by, play in a mini IPSim competition, have some fun and meet some new people from HEEG.

We look forward to meeting you at HEEG 2017.

Please click here to register and read more about the demo sessions:



Venture Simulations Ltd







VSL supplies entrepreneurship simulation learning solutions. If you seek to engage digital native students with authentic and research – backed technology that makes a lasting impact, then visit our stand and request your free evaluation copies.

  • ‘SimVenture Classic’ has won multiple UK award and allows students to create and run a virtual new company for up to 3 simulated years. 80+ UK universities use Classic.
  • Launched in 2016, ‘SimVenture Evolution’ is an on-line simulation allowing people to run a virtual SME for up to 10imulated years. Tutors monitor and assess in-class or remotely

Both action-based simulations offer solo and group-based learning, increase teaching capacity and provide experiential opportunities so people acquire key employability and entrepreneurship skills.


Sinasia Jewellery

Sinasia Jewelley has been founded by  Kingston University budding graduate entrepreneurs. Their business focuses on selling handmade and gold plated fashion jewellery. They will also be selling their products on both days of the conference.