Who We Are

The SPE team at the University of Aberdeen comprises of members from both the School of Education and the Business School. The two main contributors are Senior Teaching Fellow Lesley Hetherington and Teaching Fellow Victoria Chisholm. Professor Simon Parker is the visiting Professor for Entrepreneurship from the University of Western Ontario.

Lesley Hetherington BSc Eng, MBA

Director of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills

Previously with the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship as Teaching Fellow for 10 years with two specialist areas

  • personal effectiveness
  • entrepreneurship for engineers and scientists

A water treatment engineer (main territory Egypt), with MBA, 8 years running own consultancy for SMEs in corporate identity and human resources.

Key Signature strengths: Forgiveness and Mercy, Generosity and Kindness, Loving and Being Loved, Curiousity and Interest in the World, Wisdom.

Passions: bringing out the best in people, development and innovation.

Currently excited about: bringing What-IF (Intergenerational Fairness) event to Aberdeen, Scotland Sept 2011. Love my work. Love travelling for work and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.


Victoria Chisholm MA, MSc

Teaching Fellow for Entrepreneurship

A linguist and musician, worked as a language consultant and teacher for the past 5 years, 2 years of which were spent in the Basque Country. Based at Trilingual Secondary Schools, a translator for international conference papers and a language consultant for language schools.

Main interests are in global social and environmental enterprises. Objective is to create sustainable social and environmental enterprises throughout Scotland and Europe.

Key signature strengths: Creativity, Curiousity and Interest in the World, Kindness and Generosity, Gratitude, Humour and Playfulness.

Passions: Social and environmental entrepreneurship, creativity, education for all and international relations.

Currently excited about: Developing entrepreneurship education, learning Scottish Gaelic, developing my own sustainable business and future opportunities.


Professor Simon Parker BSc, PhD

Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurship

Simon is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Richard Ivey School of Business, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour, IZA, in Bonn, Germany; a Fellow of the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. With a background in economics, his research interests focus on the economics of entrepreneurship. 

Expertise: Entrepreneurship as an occupational choice; female entrepreneurship; nascent entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

For more information on Simon's publications, please click here.

Simon has devlivered classes for Entrepreneurship for MBAs in the University of Aberdeen and is leading a Masterclass in Case Study Teaching for 40 representatives from the Scotland´s College Sector.


Linda Cowie MEd, MSc, FCIPD

SPE Co-ordinator





From right to left: Victoria Chisholm, Linda Cowie, Professor Simon Parker, Lesley Hetherington and Leigh Brown from Scotland's Colleges