Timothy Barnes

Head of Enterprise Development

Tim Barnes

Tim has managed large and small organisations in the private and public sectors ranging from universities to venture capital firms, leading start up companies, charities, political campaigns and public bodies.

He has managed stakeholders from senior academic faculty and government ministers to students and high-level business leaders and been successful in navigating their respective needs and working styles. In 2016, he launched The Rain Gods, a new business that will focus on working with universities and corporates to support their development of entrepreneurial eco-systems.

Academic background

Until January 2016, he was the Director of UCL Enterprise Operations and Director of UCL Advances, the centre for entrepreneurship at University College London. As Head of Enterprise Operations since 2011, Tim was responsible for the University’s outward-facing business engagement activities. He became director of UCL Advances in 2007 when the centre was first launched and built it into one of the largest such activities in the world, offering thousands of places to UCL students each year to undertake entrepreneurial activities and offering direct support to hundreds of businesses with their roots outside of UCL. At UCL, Tim also launched Inter-Cep, an international research project cataloguing public sector interventions to aid enterprise and entrepreneurship. His published academic work concerns universities and start up formation.

Interests and activities

In 2010 Tim founded the globally successful Citrus Saturday, a non-profit enterprise driving entrepreneurial ambition in school-age children that now runs in sixteen countries. He graduated from UCL in 1997 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2014 was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for life and was listed in the Sunday Times Maserati 100 for 2015.

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