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 of the University’s Careers Service, Gareth leads on enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship strategy, is its co-Director for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and oversees the enterprise education and start-up support functions that underpin Newcastle University’s position as a Top 3 UK university for student and graduate entrepreneurship. 

Externally to the University, Gareth became Chair of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) in August 2019. He is also a full member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), serving for more than 10 years on its Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group, and was co-author of the guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education originally published by the UK’s Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in 2012. Gareth is also a member of the Small Business Charter's Management Board and is an assessor for the award supported by the Chartered Association of Business Schools.


BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences, Newcastle University.

Executive MBA, Newcastle University.

CMI Level 5 Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring.


Chair of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK)

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

Member of the AGCAS Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Task Group.

Member of the Small Business Charter Management Board