Professor Eleanor Shaw, OBE, PhD

A values-led, inclusive entrepreneurial leader with more than 25 years’ experience of working with entrepreneurs, complimented by a portfolio of entrepreneurship research that has informed the design and delivery of entrepreneurial education, influenced entrepreneurial policy, and guided the development of successful growth interventions which have supported the scale up of numerous Scottish ventures. Eleanor is a senior leader within the Higher Education sector and is passionate about using her knowledge, expertise, and networks to unlock entrepreneurial potential across Scotland’s economy and she is especially committed to using data and evidence to provide equal access to entrepreneurial opportunities and the resources, including access to finance and networks, to be able to act on these. . She holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Glasgow and was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List 2022 for her services to Entrepreneurship and Education.

Eleanor holds a number of board and external appointments, in addition to the Beatson Cancer Charity she sits on the boards of Enable, the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and the Gender Index. She also sits on the People, Talent & Leadership Committee of the Scaleup Institute.