Experience of all levels of customer facing and operational management within a diverse range of businesses and markets. Focus on Sales, Marketing and client / partner development
Recently diversified into the educational sector working in Swansea University teaching entrepreneurship and enterprise skills
Business Owner of Connections Electrical Services providing cost effective reliable and professional domestic, commercial and industrial electrical engineering services
Specialties: Sales, Marketing, Strategy, Business Development, Business planning, financial forecasting, education, electrical engineering
London South Bank University
2017 - Present
External Examiner on both BSc and MSc Entrepreneurship and Management degree programmes
Director of Enterprise and Employability (School of Management)
Sep 2013 – Present
From January 2014 have taken control of all enterprise delivery activity management within Swansea University. Working closely with the team at IFEL and LEAD Wales to help develop Swansea into one of the best Entrepreneurial Universities in the Country. Currently working on a number of WEFO / WG contract bids
Small Business Specialist
Apr 2013 – Present
Working on a new project to develop small and medium businesses in the South Wales area through sales process management, marketing strategy and marketing communications
Connections Electrical Services
2013 – Present
Connections Electrical Services are an electrical, networking and audiovisual company offering full electrical services by a qualified electrician to both domestic and commercial sectors. Recently established Connections have a wealth of experience in all electrical areas and are fully versed in the 17th Edition Building Control and wiring regulations.
Our Electricians are specialists in their field and are fully trained to handle a full range of electrical services from small domestic installations to more extensive commercial installations and PAT testing to full household re-wires and new builds.
Connections Electrical Services operate in many areas across South and West Wales, including Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Bridgend and the South Wales Valleys. We have worked for a variety of clients including retail outlets, offices, restaurants, and of course, domestic properties
Business in Focus
Feb 2012 – Mar 2013
Employed as a business advisor and trainer working on the Welsh Government contracts for business start up. Advise all types and sizes of business and also train in marketing, operations and financial management
Regional Manager SEW
Feb 2008 – Feb 2012
Work for VW a Welsh Assembly funded enterprise agency managing the 7 offices throughout SE Wales. We also provide a commercial consultancy service for existing businesses, assisting with turnaround projects, sucession planning and interim management.
Caerphilly Business Forum
2009 – 2010
Voluntary position - assisted in the running and marketing of the forum
Aug 2006 – Aug 2008
Founded Kronos with my father in 2006 (with a lot of help from Venture Wales). As I'm now fully employed by Venture, my father runs all operational aspects of the business. Kronos assists businesses with Sales and marketing from an outsourced perspective operationally
US Territory Manager
2006 – 2007
Responsible for the develepment and management of business partners and clients in the North American Continent. Company provided biological reagents to the in-vitro medical diagnostic market
Nagano HEL Limited
European Sales and Marketing Director
2004 – 2006
Responsible for sales and marketing function both to end users and channel partners pan-europe. Mangement of sales teams in UK and Germany
2002 – 2004
Responsible for Sales and marketing of IT solutions to end users and channel partners throughout the UK. Man focus on Storage hardware and software as well as ITIL service management training and consultancy
Director at ts design
Dave has supported techsol since it's inception during 2008 and was an extremely valuable asset and support during many operational functional challenges and changes at techsol during our start up phase.
His integrity and ability to make things happen is exceptional and always has the right answers when jurisdiction is required or is always aware of the next best channels to find a solution.
It was a pleasure to work with Dave and I certainly look forward to the next opportunity!!
Managing Director at VeryVoisey Ltd
Dave is a pleasure to work with - friendly, competent, highly professional and committed to the success of whatever project he's assigned.
Director at The JDH Group
David Bolton is a reliable professional who always gives his best to any task. He is a valuable member of the team.
Business Advisor at Business in Focus
I have worked with Dave over the last five years or so both directly and indirectly in various projects of differing sizes. He displays a high level of commitment for both clients and colleagues with a determination to get tasks finished, his own client feedback being testimony to this. An engaging and likeable individual he is comfortable dealing with clients at all levels and aims to provide all with a high quality of service.
Mike Tan (BSc MSc CEng FCIHT FInstLM)
Dave is a professional, focussed, helpful and has many years of experience in his expert area of works. A really practical and indeed a nice person. I have no hesitation to recommend Dave to anyone.
Director, Global Purchasing Solutions Ltd
Dave has given us good advice that has contributed to Global Purchasing Solutions achieving its goals
Partnership Manager at Family Fund Trading
Dave is a business mentor volunteer for The Prince's Trust. He has delivered marketing workshops and other aspects of our Explore Enterprise for young people aged 18 - 30 years old who are overcoming barriers.He has also business mentored young people on a one-to-one basis.
Dave has excellent business knowledge which he communicates well to any audience. He is positive, encouraging and a role model to our young people.
Framework Officer at RCT Homes
I would highly recommend Dave Bolton as a very professional and knowledgeable business advisor.
Paul Evans Venture Wales
Contracts Director at Venture Wales
Dave is a task rather than time orientated individual who is a proven motivator of a team of remote operatives. Dave is a 'Finisher' and an 'Achiever' who leads by example. He thrives in a team environment but can also make tough decisions himself when required. He has an excellent sense of humour and is a really likeable individual. I would not hesitate to employ Dave if the opportunity presented itself in the future.
Owner at EC Electrical
“I have worked with David on several occassions and have found him to be very professional and approachable; providing a high standard of service at all times. He has excellent knowledge and experience within his profession, is reliable, trustworthy and has always provided great results. He has become a good friend and an excellent associate, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.”
I have known David Bolton for several years. During that time I have worked as his superior in my position of Company Secretary at Sysop Limited, alongside him in sales support and as his PA in his position of Head of Sales for Hanix Europe Limited.
I have observed David’s approach to his work and can say beyond any doubt that he is the most committed and professional salesperson I have ever had the opportunity to work with. As a Sales Manager his approach was always measured and conscientious. He is liked and respected by his peers, superiors and subordinates alike. In short David gets the job done effectively.
I have no doubt that David will prove to be an extremely valuable addition to any organisation that he joins and will bring an air of competence and professionalism with him. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him.
Dr Lynne Gornall
Working Lives Research Team
I've worked on a joint project with Dave Bolton over the last twelve months which has been really productive. We've had a great working partnership and he has been highly supportive. From previous links, around innovation and incubation initiatives, I know what a talented professional Dave is. He has very wide knowledge of the private as well as public sector, and of modern programmes for development of talents and skills amongst the workforce in Wales. His experience has crossed many cultures and types of organisational setting, and he brings this to current role/tasks. Dave has the kind of 'hybrid' mobile skills that typify today's new professionals and I found him very easy to work with.
New Business Development
PGctHE Education 2015 - 2015
PGCE focussing on further and higher education. Also A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA
Kaospilot Practitioner 2015-2015
"Serious Play" Andragogy
Enterprise Education , Transformational Learning Methods, Emotional Intelligence
The University of Glamorgan
PhD Business Innovation 2011 - 2015
PHD - Business Innovation
Canterbury Christ Church University
MBA Management and Marketing 2004 - 2006
MBA Focussing on Sales and Customer Relations
Activities: Entrepreneurial Society
Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd
BSc Business Administration 1993 - 1997
Business Administration and Marketing
Activities: Rugby, Business Society
ORCID ID - orcid.org/0000-0002-8343-2110
Over the next few months I will be embarking on a number of research projects based around my particular areas of interest in Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Small Business Management. Please check back here for regular updates
Voluntary projects I am involved with
Virgin Start Up - Mentor
As a mentor, I guide entrepreneurs to help them achieve their goals and realise their potential. You’ll help them understand problems, identify solutions and implement their plans.
Chair of Governors - St Marys RC Primary
Archdiocese of Cardiff
Being a chair of governors is a key leadership role and governing bodies are central to the effective accountability of schools. Leading the governing body and working in partnership
with the headteacher, the chair plays a pivotal role in school improvement and the Spiritual Life of the School
Princes Trust Business Mentor
2008 - 2013
As a Business Mentor, you make a real difference to the lives of young people on The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme.
The role involves:
Regional Vice Chair - Wales Chartered Management Institute
2018 - Present
CMI Regional Boards and Networks rely on volunteers to plan, organise and run a vibrant programme of events.
Working in a Regional / Devolved Nation Board & Networks involve attracting new members and planning and running events, from workshops and seminars to site visits.
I have been Regional Vice Chairperson since 2019