photograph Newcastle University Business School PhD student, lecturer and Shell LiveWIRE Director joins Parliamentary advisory board on enterprise


Part-time PhD student and entrepreneurship lecturer at Newcastle University Business School, Stu Anderson, has been recently appointed onto the board that advises the UK Parliament’s enterprise policy think tank.

Stu, who works for the PNE Group as Director of Shell LiveWIRE, the UK’s leading social investment programme for young entrepreneurs, has been invited by Lord Ahmed of Rotherham and the Earl of Erroll to join the Advisory Board of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship (APPGE), which is chaired by Lord Ahmed, aims to encourage, support and promote entrepreneurship in the UK and to engage with entrepreneurs. It also ensures that Parliament is kept informed of the most favourable conditions to create and sustain a thriving small business sector. The Advisory Board, chaired by Helene Martin Gee, is made up of some of the country’s leading business people, entrepreneurs, professionals and academics, provides the APPGE with advice on its strategy, a sounding board for its ideas, and a better insight into what entrepreneurs need to be successful.

Stu is an award winning enterprise expert and has contributed to entrepreneurship initiatives at Governmental, Commonwealth and UN levels. In addition to his work at the PNE Group, the Newcastle and Gateshead based social enterprise which specialises in providing professional development and business solutions for SMEs, entrepreneurs and the voluntary sector nationally and internationally, he is a Director and Trustee of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is a member of the advisory board for SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative).

Stu has an MBA from Northumbria University and is currently researching the perceptions and motivations of graduates in micro firms for his PhD at Newcastle University Business School. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and is a member of “Courvoisier The Future 500”; an exclusive network of the UK’s brightest business brains. In addition to having advised over 1,000 business start ups in the North East, he also runs his own business, based in France.

Commenting on his appointment to the APPGE Advisory Board, Stu said, “It’s a great honour to be invited to contribute to Parliament’s thinking on entrepreneurship. I aim to give young entrepreneurs a voice in the enterprise debate and to ensure that their views are considered when policy is being made.”

Dr Dawn Cranswick, Chief Executive of the PNE Group said, “Stu’s appointment is well-deserved, and is one example of recent recognition of the talent and passion we have in PNE for helping people to start and grow their businesses, which is vital for the success of the North East and the economy as a whole.
“It’s very important that organisations in this region that can highlight and influence policy at a national level do so, and I’m proud that PNE continues to do this in a number of ways, including via this appointment.”

published on: 21st March 2012