About Us

The Women’s Enterprise Policy Group is chaired by Dr Carol Ekinsmyth

Dr Carol Ekinsmyth

Carol is a researcher of Gender, Place and Enterprise and Associate Head of School (for students) in the University of Portsmouth’s School of the Environment, Geography and Geoscience.

As an Economic Geographer, Carol’s key concerns are the (gendered) roles of place, space and location in enterprise. She has recently written about family policy and women’s enterprise, entrepreneurial ecosystems and place-based enterprise support. Most recently, her paper on the latter won ‘Best Paper in the 2023 Conference’ at the Institute of Small Business and Enterprise (ISBE) annual conference and ‘Best Paper in the Gender and Enterprise Track.

Carol is a committee member of the ISBE Gender and Enterprise Special Interest Group.

Carol Ekinsmyth - Women's Enterprise Policy Group

Members of The Women’s Enterprise Policy Group include:

Professor Susan Marlow, University of Birmingham; Dr Lorna Treanor, University of Nottingham; Dr Nicola Patterson, University of Newcastle; Dinah Bennett, International Consultants for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise and GENE (Gender and Entrepreneurship North East); Carolyn Currie, Chief Executive Women’s Enterprise Scotland; Anne Meikle, Policy Officer Women’s Enterprise Scotland; Prof Haya Al Dajani, Mohammed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship (MBSC) Saudi Arabia; Prof Dilani Jayawarna, University of Liverpool; Jackie Brierton, CEO GrowBiz; Roseann Kelly, Women in Business NI; Pheona Matovu, Radiant and Brighter CIC.