Our New ISBE Fellows 2016


Gerard McElweeNigelCulkin2010webThe Board of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship is delighted to have recently conferred the Fellowship of the Institute on Professor Nigel Culkin and Professor Gerard McElwee.

Professors Culkin and McElwee were recognised at the ISBE Annual Awards Ceremony as part of the annual conference in Paris on the 27th of October. Both join the now 15-strong board of ISBE Fellows, all senior academics who have made a significant contribution to the world of entrepreneurship and small business.

Professor Culkin is a Senior Academic Manager at the University of Hertfordshire (UH). Over the past twelve years, he has attracted in excess of €24M investment to help implement the University’s Enterprise Strategy, which has created a significant number of ‘enterprise’ posts at UH. Nigel’s innovative approach and practical application of that research also contributed to the University of Hertfordshire being awarded Entrepreneurial University of the Year by the Times Higher Education.

He was awarded the title of Enterprise Educator at the UK National Enterprise Educator Awards in 2012; and, in 2014 was elected to the post of President at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE).

Nigel is also a member of the Peer Review College at the ESRC. He has represented ISBE at the UNCTAD Expert Meeting on entrepreneurship and building productive capacities, held each year in Geneva. In the same capacity, he served as a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group – Micro Business in the House of Commons, co-authoring the Group’s most recent Report, An Education System Fit For An Entrepreneur with fellow ISBE Trustee Dr Kelly Smith.

Professor McElwee was appointed as Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship at Huddersfield Business School in November 2014. Prior to that he was Professor of Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent Universities and Reader in Rural Entrepreneurship at the University of Lincoln. Gerard started his working life as an apprentice Plater in the now non-existent Shipbuilding industry on the River Tees, before attending Teesside Polytechnic as a mature Student. Gerard is the Editor of The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation which he launched in 2000. He sits on numerous Editorial Boards in the area of Entrepreneurship.

He developed an interest in Entrepreneurship in the Rural after carrying out research and consultancy work with small rural businesses and farmers. He has over 100 refereed publications and has published extensively in the area of Entrepreneurship.

His most recent interests are illegal and criminal entrepreneurship.

ISBE were also pleased to recognise the contribution of its existing Fellows, including Professor Lynn Martin (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Professor Ken O’Neill (Ulster University) who were able to attend the conference this year.


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