Meet the Team/Mentors
Enterprise Development & Support Officer
Victoria graduated from Queen’s in 2016 with a degree in English Literature. Keen to apply her undergraduate degree to a business context, Victoria then undertook a Masters in Marketing. During her five years at Queen’s Victoria was a keen member and Captain of the Rowing Club, enjoying the role of managing student athletes and liaising with Queen’s staff and stakeholders. Upon finishing her postgraduate degree in 2018, Victoria was awarded a scholarship towards an internship in Beijing, China. Whilst there Victoria worked for a global company, gaining invaluable exposure to international business. All of these experiences came together when the opportunity arose to be a part of the Enterprise SU Team. Victoria has now been working at Queen’s for two years and as part of her current role, takes the lead on Innovateher, May Ball and the promotion/marketing of the Enterprise SU department. Victoria loves the fast paced nature of the start-up scene and has a passion for social enterprises, female entrepreneurship and making the Instagram grid look ‘just right’.
Enterprise Support Officer
Francesca graduated in 2019 from a BSc International Business with French. As part of her degree program, she had to undertake a placement in a French-speaking country, and branching out from the traditional placements being offered, she opted for a start-up studio in the centre of Paris. During this time, Francesca worked with three out of five early-stage start-ups within the studio and helped them to grow over a period of nine months. After returning home from Paris, she was asked by an entrepreneur in her network if she would come on board his start-up team as Director and COO. This business opportunity was an App called ‘Deals in Places’ or ‘dip.’ Since then, Francesca has helped develop dip to launch, as well as founded an additional start-up of her own; a Social Media Influencer Agency called Airtight Influencers. Alongside her start-up work, Francesca has taken on the role of Enterprise Support Officer at Enterprise SU, helping to support students in their entrepreneurial journey. This year, Francesca is taking the lead on both ‘What’s the Big Idea’ and ‘QUB Dragons’ Den’, giving students the opportunity to win funding and mentorship.
Ellé is a final year Law with Hispanic Studies student and our Enterprise SU Intern for the 2019/20 academic year. As part of Ellé's role she is currently supporting the team on a range of tasks and co-leading Innovateher. Fresh off her Erasmus placement, Ellé has spent the past year studying in Zaragoza, Spain as part of her degree. Over the course of her degree, Ellé has networked with various commercial law firms and has spent the past two summers working as a paralegal in the corporate department of a Belfast based firm, on various projects with a range of clients. This experience, alongside working within her own family business, has developed her love and passion for all things enterprise.
Philip Bain is the co-owner of multi award winning company, ShredBank, Northern Ireland’s largest on-site shredding company. Philip graduated with a First Class degree in Business Studies from the University of Ulster, and became the youngest Marketing Manager aged of 22. He won numerous awards including Business Leader of Tomorrow in 2002 and Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. Having been involved in developing 6 start-up companies, Philip set up ShredBank in 2007 with his friend and business partner James Carson. The company quickly became the largest on-site shredding company in N.I. and is now a world class organisation, winning the Belfast Telegraph Award, Best Established Small/Medium Sized Business 2018. Philip is also on the board of 2 other companies and is formerly a Council Member of The Prince’s Trust in N.I., Visiting Professor of the University of Ulster, Council Member of N.I. Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Chartered Management Institute. He regularly speaks on the topics of business growth and entrepreneurship, mentors a number of entrepreneurs and has written an Amazon Best Seller entitled “Start to Grow”.