Professor Brian Morgan

Cardiff University

Brian Morgan is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is Director of its Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre (CLEC). Between 1997 and 2007 he was Director of Small Firms Research Centre at Cardiff University Business School.

Before returning to academia in 1997 he was Chief Economist at the WDA. He has also worked as a Senior Economic Adviser at the DTI and worked extensively in Europe (for the OECD and EU). He advises the Welsh Government and recently produced the Business Rates Wales Review (2013). He is currently Economic Advisor, in the run up to Brexit, to the Regulatory Policy Committee at the Department of BEIS in Whitehall.

He is or has been a Director of a number of businesses in Wales, including:

  • Member of the Cardiff Capital Region Transition Board and the Valleys Taskforce
  • Director, New Conventions Ltd.– developing a convention centre for Cardiff
  • Economic Adviser to Quantum Advisory - independent actuarial specialists.
  • Founder, and first Chairman, 1998-2008, Penderyn Whisky.

In addition to various papers on leadership and entrepreneurship, recent publications include: 

  • The 20Twenty Leadership Programme: An appropriate tool for entrepreneurial learning? in Local Economy Vol. 30 (2015)
  • Regional Entrepreneurship and the Evolution of Public Policy and Governance in the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development (2014)

In 2006 Brian was awarded the Hopkins Medal by the St David’s Society of New York for his contribution to entrepreneurship and for creating the Penderyn Malt Whisky brand.