Careers Service

Staff Profile

Gareth Trainer

Assistant Director (Enterprise and Entrepreneurship)



Gareth joined the Careers Service in 2001 and has been involved in the development of the enterprise and entrepreneurship agenda at the University ever since. Having helped to establish the University’s business plan competition, enterprise curriculum, student enterprise network, and ideas incubator, Gareth was seconded to coordinate the development of the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework before taking up his current role as Assistant Director in 2006.

Roles and Responsibilities

As Assistant Director, Gareth is responsible for influencing institutional strategy for the support and growth of the enterprise and entrepreneurship agendas as well as the strategy, development, operations, personnel and partners of the Careers Service's Enterprise Team; responsible for enterprise education and start-up support services. Gareth is the Chair of the Careers Service Board of Studies and attends Director/Head of Excellence in Learning & Teaching Forum.


BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences, Newcastle University.

Executive MBA, Newcastle University.

CMI Level 5 Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring.


Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

Director of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK)

Member of the AGCAS Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Task Group.