New national fellowship celebrates enterprise consultant

Thu, September 13th, 2018

The Women’s Organisation’s director for development and consultancy...

The Women’s Organisation’s director for development and consultancy, Lisa McMullan, is one of the first individuals to be awarded with the accolade.

The national EEUK Fellowship was launched last week at the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) 2018, with the first fellowships presented at an awards ceremony 6 September.

The fellowship is designed to recognise the personal professional achievements of the individuals at the centre of enterprise education and rewards their pioneering work.

Lisa McMullan, director for development and consultancy at The Women’s Organisation, was one of six individuals to receive the fellowship which was presented at the National Enterprise Educator Awards (NEEA) in Leeds last night.

The fellowship recognises Lisa’s professional competence in working across the sector for her work as principal consultant at Enterprise Evolution, the consultancy arm of Liverpool-based charity, The Women’s Organisation.

Enterprise Evolution works to support individuals and organisations to add entrepreneurial value through bespoke consultancy services. This includes mentoring, enterprise education, group facilitation and workshops, as well as evaluation and research services.

Lisa’s work in the sector spans over two-decades and has impacted enterprise education on an international scale. Lisa has worked in countries including China, Nigeria and Thailand, as well as across the UK.

Lisa has been an integral part of a number of award winning teams including for her work with Thai Enterprise Educators (NEEA 2017 winners) and ICURe - a SETsquared university research commercialisation programme (THELMA 2016 winners).

To become a Fellow of EEUK, individuals are required to demonstrate their professional practice through a written portfolio comprising of four written pieces reflecting on their professional practice.

Professor Sarah Underwood, Director of Enterprise Educators UK, says: “The fellowship has been thoughtfully designed to encompass (and celebrate) the widest definition of ‘enterprise educator’. This reflects the breadth of activity in enterprise education and seeks to include and encourage educators passionate about innovation in teaching.

“Lisa, who has worked for many years with graduates and small business owners as well as contributing to policy and frameworks to support enterprise education, is an excellent example of someone who deserves to be recognised with this award.”

Lisa McMullan, director for development and consultancy at The Women’s Organisation and Enterprise Evolution, says: “The EEUK Fellowship is a much-needed addition to the enterprise education sector, offering the only sector-wide recognition of its kind, and I am delighted to be among the first recognised through the fellowship.

“Becoming a Fellow of EEUK has been a thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable process, in particular the time taken to reflect upon my professional practice. I would thoroughly encourage my colleagues from across the sector to take the opportunity and apply for the fellowship.”

The fellowship comes following previous success for Enterprise Evolution at the 2017 National Enterprise Educators Awards, where Lisa was part of the Grwp Llandrillo Menai (GLLM) team who took home the award for the Further Education Team Enterprise award. GLLM worked with the British Council to develop a new approach and curriculum for Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Thailand.

Enterprise Educators UK is the leading independent enterprise network for enterprise educators and works to connect educators and practitioners to share areas of best practice.

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