Keith Heron

Programme Director for MSc Entrepreneurship and Management

Keith Heron

Keith Heron

Programme Area Director Postgraduate Business and Management Courses
Associate Professor
Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
His research interests are in enhancing the entrepreneurship and innovation capability development in existing SME Organisations and helping early stage entrepreneurs gain market credibility.
Edith Morley building room 266, Whiteknights campus
+44 (0) 118 378 5652


Mr. Keith Heron joined the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship (HCfE) in 2009 as a lecturer. Since 2015 he has been programme Director for the MSc Entrepreneurship programmes (EM and EF) and convenes the new Venture Start-up and Entrepreneurship (consultancy) Project. You can find out more about the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship here.

Keith enjoys working with early stage entrepreneurs and guiding his Masters students in the process of helping entrepreneurs to gain market credibility. The two programmes he convenes are designed to enable students to experience what it feels like to be in the early stages of entrepreneurship and helping students gain empathy through close association with and observation of entrepreneurs and their practices.

An integral part of our design are real practice opportunities, one of which is our study visit to Poland.

From 2010 to 2012 Keith was also Programme Director for the Executive and Full-time MBA at the Greenlands executive education campus.

Keith moved from the world of business into management education following completion of his MBA at Henley in 2000.

Five years in Queensland from 2003 widened his experience in Government SME programmes and University Entrepreneurship module design. Upon return to the UK, Keith was recruited by Dragons' Den's Peter Jones to create the Pathfinder course for the National Enterprise Academy (NEA), which is now under Peter Jones' oversight.

Keith is an active mentor to several young entrepreneurs, some from the NEA Pathfinder.

His business life included working in the industrial goods sales division of Kimberly-Clark, export manager for a family SME, plus his own start up in 1989-2000.