Andy Penaluna, a professor of Creative Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and Visiting Professor here at the Leeds Enterprise Centre has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion; known as the most prestigious business award in the country.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is presented to people who have played an outstanding role in promoting enterprise skills and attitudes. As the Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Andy has taught enterprise and entrepreneurship for 30 years. He is acknowledged to have carried out his role of teaching, mentoring and guidance of students, at an individual level very effectively, and has helped to achieve one of the best records in graduate start-ups of any Higher Education Institution in Wales.
Andy is also Director and former Chair of Enterprise Educators UK, serving almost seven years on the board during which time he has had a major influence on the development of national and international policy and practice in enterprise and entrepreneurial education.
Andy’s influence and action has extended well beyond the UK. He has made significant contributions as an expert to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), he has been a key member of the Thematic Working Group on entrepreneurship education for the EU and, most recently, he has been advising the government in Macedonia on how to embed enterprise across its education system.
Dr Sarah Underwood said: "Andy is our Visiting Professor and much valued colleague. This is such a great recognition of his work and I’m delighted for him."