Steven Pollard

Steven Pollard


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom


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Research Interests

Interested in Enterprise Development - Policy and Practice. Particularly interested in local economic development and community development settings.

Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial, SME Development, High Growth Small Firms, Social Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Development, Local Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Communities, Leadership & Management


Teaching Interests

Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Development, Business Start, Business Growth

Leadership & Management Development

Social Entrepreneurship.

Third sector Leadership


Course Director Transform - Social Enterprise Programme working with 3rd sector organisations, activists and social entrepreneurs to support start-up and growth of social enterprises. Bursary funding from The Executive Office and Urban Villages. Leads to an Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise.

Formerly designed and secured public funding for:

Course Director - BSc Management Practice (SMEs) - Funded in the Republic of Ireland through Skillsnet. Leadership and Management Development Programme for SMEs

Course Director - Entrepreneurs Programme - Fully funded in the Republic of Ireland by Springboard. Supports pre-start and early stage start-ups. Leads to an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice.

Course Director - Range of bespoke programmes for business, civic society and government partners.

Executive Education - Working with a wide range of organisations plus state agencies to develop, manage and deliver a wide range of tailored executive education programmes.

Teaching Teams:


MSc Executive Leadership

MSc Strategic Growth

BSc Business Studies

BSc Management Practice

BSc Human Resource Management

BSc Management

Current and Recent Grants


Innotal Erasmus 

Flax Trust 2015- current

The Executive Office (Northern Ireland Assembly) 2018 - current


An Associate Lecturer from 2008 Steve joined Ulster University full-time in 2015 where he worked in the Business Institute a self-financing unit within the Ulster University Business School developing and delivering a wide range of executive education programmes and in particular programmes to support entrepreneurs. Steve now works in the Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing where his focus is primarily on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Steve joined the University from professional practice where he has extensive experience of promoting enterprise, supporting business start-up and growth. He combines this with experience of starting and running successful businesses, starting and running Social Enterprises along with senior leadership experience gained in the private, public and third sectors. A highly experienced Non-Executive Director and Small Business Adviser Steve has a passion for creating a more entrepreneurial society and for supporting entrepreneurs and the self-employed.

Steve is also active in and committed to efforts to tackle social and economic inequality. In the main this work has been through active engagement in local economic development with a particular focus on community capacity building, promoting skills (particularly vocational education skills) and work to promote and support social entrepreneurship.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, An examination of the determinants of the number of high growth firms in northern ireland, Ulster University Business School

30 Apr 202030 Apr 2024

Award Date: 30 Apr 2024

Fellow Higher Education Academy

28 Apr 2017

Award Date: 28 Apr 2017

Master, Executive Leadership

1 Sept 200830 Jun 2010

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

Master, MBA, Ulster University Business School

1 Sept 199730 Jun 2008

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

Postgraduate Diploma Management Studies, University of Teesside

1 Sept 199130 Jun 1992

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992

Bachelor, Business & Finance, University of Teesside

1 Sept 198928 Jun 1991

Award Date: 28 Jun 1991

External positions


20 Dec 2021 → …


17 Jun 2021 → …

Director, Harmoni

30 Jun 20205 Nov 2021

Director, Mallusk Enterprise Park Ltd

20 Aug 2018 → …

Director (Chair), Empowering Communities Enterprise Ltd

3 Jan 201713 Jun 2019

Director, Arts & Disability Forum

1 Jan 20178 Aug 2017

Director, Supporting Communities NI Ltd

16 Nov 201613 Jun 2019

Governor, South Eastern Regional College

17 Dec 201431 Dec 2022

Director, Action Mental Health

20 Dec 201211 Jan 2016

Director, Thermus Energy Technologies Ltd

15 Aug 201213 Jan 2013

Owner, Totalis People Ltd

24 May 20122 Nov 2012

Director, Creative Exchange Artist Studios Ltd

10 Jun 201027 Sept 2011

Regional Director Ireland, Protocol Skills Ltd

1 Sept 200631 Dec 2007

Projects Director, Conexus (NI) Ltd

1 Sept 200231 Aug 2006

Chief Executive, East Belfast Enterprise Ltd

30 Jun 200231 Aug 2006

Belfast Harbour Commissioner, Belfast Harbour

1 Jan 200231 Dec 2011

Owner Director, Janus Training & Development Ltd

31 Jan 200131 Aug 2015

Director, Enterprise Northern Ireland Ltd

11 Dec 200031 Aug 2002

Director, Ulster Community Investment Foundation

25 Jun 199926 Apr 2002

Director, East Belfast Business Initiative Ltd

25 Feb 199819 Mar 2002

Director, Cross Border Prospects Ltd

1 Jun 199211 Apr 1995


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