Professor Eleanor is Executive Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School (HCE) and Vice Dean of Strathclyde Business School (SBS).
She gained a doctorate from the University of Glasgow in use of networks in the growth of small creative firms and, over the years, has built upon this research interest to explore the role of both financial and non-financial capital in the setting up and growing of small and medium sized firms (SMEs). Before joining Strathclyde, she worked at Durham University Business School where she was Director of their Masters in Entrepreneurship.
Additional posts she holds include:
- Expert Adviser, UK Government’s Scale-UP taskforce Group on Leadership Skills & Access to Talent (April 2017- present)
- Expert Adviser, Scale-Up Institute’s Building Leadership Capacity Group (July 2016- present)
- Board Member, Chartered Association of Business School Small Business Charter (June 2016- present)
- Board Member, Santander Universities UK (May 2016-present)
She has over 25 years’ experience of design & delivery of impactful entrepreneurship learning journeys acquired working in higher education institutions of global standing in the UK & internationally, with a proven track record of learner satisfaction with the highest levels of evaluations for engagements with demanding entrepreneurs keen to quickly learn & apply new, relevant knowledge & toolkits.
Since 2013, Eleanor has applied this knowledge to lead the significant expansion & growth of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School, as a practical demonstration the research and delivery work undertaken within the centre.
She is also regularly invited as a speaker at UK and international conferences, seminars and events on entrepreneurship, social enterprise and philanthropy, networking in small firms and barriers to raising capital in female led small firms. Her work in the area of female entrepreneurship informed the Women’s Business Council 2013 Report ‘Creating a Fairer & More Equal Society’ (Dept. for Culture, Media & Sport / BIS) & the UK Government’s introduction of a £12 million co-investment fund for women entrepreneurs in 2009 (Aspire Co-Investment Fund).