Ms Debra Blisson

Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Leisure

Debra Blisson
Email address: d.blisson@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323669 Location: Arthur Storer Building (MN) Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: University of Wolverhampton Business School Areas of expertise: Enterprise, entrepreneurship, management, leisure and hospitality

About

30 years commercial experience, working across a range of sectors. I have established and grown a number of businesses, both as an entrepreneur and as a business consultant and mentor. I was a policy advisor to the UK Government Business Department in the mid 2000s and subsequently held the post of Director of Enterprise and Business Support for the West Midlands Regional Development Agency until 2012.

Currently researching for a PhD at Aston University.

Research interests

  • Women in business
  • Statutory support to Small and Medium-sized enterprises
  • Policy formation and administration

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of the Institute of Business Consultants
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Qualifications

  • MBA (Aston)
  • BSc (Hons) Social Sciences (South Bank, London)

Experience in industry

I have 30 years' experience in the commercial sector. See 'about' section for details.

Corporate and community engagement

Trustee of a West Midlands-based Charity and an advisory panel member to a London -based Social Enterprise working with refugee professional.

Further information

Teaching interests

  • Enterprise, Entrepreneurship
  • SME management
  • Innovation and creativity in business
  • Leisure and Hospitality Management