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Nigel Lockett University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

Professor Nigel Lockett is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean for Engagement at Lancaster University Management School. He is a senior academic, serial entrepreneur and community leader. Before joining Lancaster University, he was Professor of Enterprise and Director of Enterprise Learning at the University of Leeds and previously worked at Bradford and Brunel universities. Nigel also has more than 25 years’ experience as a company director with a track record in managing start-up, joint venture and social enterprises.

Nigel is currently a member the Board of the Small Business Charter and a Fellow and past President of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He has worked with many leaders of high growth firms on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme and executives of global enterprises. Also, Nigel was past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Foundation, a charity committed to building 'inclusive communities where everyone matters' across the North of England by working with offenders, the homeless, women who are victims of domestic abuse and young people at risk.

His current research interests include knowledge exchange between universities and industry, academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and the use of CRM technologies by SMEs. Nigel has published in international journal such as Business History, Information and Management, International Small Business Journal and Regional Studies. He also has a strong track record of obtaining research funding.

In 2015, Nigel was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of this work in enterprise education. He is passionate about enterprise and the positive role it can play in achieving economic growth and social change.