About the Chancellor’s Circle
Donors who have kindly given £5,000 or more to the University are invited to join our Chancellor’s Circle. This special group was created as a way to honour and thank those who have donated major gifts to the University.
The members of the Chancellor’s Circle are invaluable to the University in helping us to realise our ambitions in terms of developing our campus and improving opportunities for the students of the future. The donations we receive are used to enhance the student experience and continue to establish Coventry as one of the leading new universities in the UK.
Members of the Chancellor’s Circle are invited to a number of exclusive events every year in recognition of the University’s gratitude for their on-going support. The most prestigious of these events, includes the Annual Dinner with the Chancellor Sir John Egan.
We welcome you to join the growing number of alumni and friends who share our vision of the aspirational future of Coventry University.
About Sir John Egan
Sir John Egan has been a leading force in British industry for more than 40 years, with an impressive career that spans the automotive, airport, construction and water industries.
Born in Coventry, his connections within the region, as well as nationally and internationally, are held in high esteem and we are honoured that Sir John has been our Chancellor since 2007.
His passion for developing future industry leaders is evident. He was the brainchild behind the Student Enterprise Fund, which encourages entrepreneurship by giving financial support to fledgling student businesses. And his commitment to enhancing the student experience through his Chancellor’s Fund is an inspiration to students, staff and the wider community.
Sir John’s reputation in business is revered as someone who successfully transformed prominent British businesses. He was the former Chief Executive of Jaguar Cars and the British Airport Authority (BAA) and was also President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). His impact on services to the British economy contributed to his knighthood in 1986.
As well as other prominent roles, such as Chairman of Severn Trent, he is also credited for chairing the construction industry task force that produced the 1998 Egan Report and its follow up report.
He studied at Imperial College London and the London Business School and is determined to give others the opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling academic experience.