Chairman of Cambridge Learning Gateway Ltd

Alan is a Scientist turned businessman who evolved into an academic/pracademic with extensive experience in turning science and technology into businesses.

Qualified in medical science and research with practice experience, he also has 30 years experience in international business in the Healthcare Industry, exploring sales, marketing, and general management. Alan has also worked in Hi-Tech industry development, venture capital, and government advisory roles.

He has successful experience in management education on an international scale and is committed to supporting entrepreneurial businesses including spin-outs and start-ups.

Entrepreneurs change the world. It is proven by many examples. For entrepreneurs imagination is more important than knowledge. They are 'Why Not' people who never give up.

Professor Alan Barrell, Chairman

Alan Barrell offers particular expertise in:

  • Management and management education.
  • Entrepreneur Education and support.
  • Expertise in fundraising and venture capital.
  • Practical experience of starting and running social enterprises.
  • Global experience and knowledge of global business and geopolitics.
  • Special interest and expertise in Innovation management.

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