Here East CEO chats with staff and students at EtC event

The CEO of Here East, Gavin Poole, visited Loughborough University London on November 30th, to discuss design, innovation and his experiences of leadership with our students as part of the Enterprise Through the Curriculum initiative.

The purpose of the event was to give students an insight into Gavin's career and how it led to his current position as Here East CEO. Gavin discussed with the students a wide range of topics relating to their academic fields; from technology, innovation, leadership and enterprise.

About Gavin Poole

Gavin, originally an aeronautical engineer for the military, explored how his skills from other disciplines transferred into new workplaces, such as his role at Here East. After 23 years of military leadership Gavin ventured into other roles, such as his role at Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), the independent think tank, and now as CEO of Here East. He also spoke of his experiences of building Here East from the ground up, how, similar to a start-up, they experienced all the stresses and strains, successes and disappointments that businesses go through.

ETC Events

The EtC Nights events have been created for students to meet and question various creatives and professionals on how they have progressed to their current job roles. The guest speakers provide an insight into their journeys, give tips and advice, and supply students with drive and ambition for their future job prospects.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.