Professor Andrew Henley

Professor Andy Henley is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics and Director of Research Engagement and Impact at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. Much of Andy’s research focuses on questions of who chooses to become an entrepreneur, and why and where they choose to do so. He is particularly interested in applications of longitudinal data. His research also focuses on entrepreneurial leadership and small business growth. He has published over 60 papers in leading academic journals in entrepreneurship, economics and regional studies, as well as contributing to several recent edited books.

He served on the Economic and Social Research Council’s Methods and Infrastructure from 2012 to 2015 and is currently vice-chair of the ESRC’s Capability Committee. Between 2002 and 2012 he was a member of the Welsh Government’s Economic Research Advisory Panel, advising the First Minister on economic research and policy, and has also been a member of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy panel. He has also been a director of the Wales Management Council.

Prior to his current appointment, Andy held professorial positions at Aberystwyth University, where he was Dean of the Institute of Management, Law and Information Science, and at Swansea University, where he was Head of the School of Business and Economics, and was Director of the EU-funded LEAD Wales programme supporting entrepreneurs across Wales in leadership and strategy development.