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Mark Holton

Mark Holton

Title: Director of Group Organisation Development

Telephone: +44 (0) 2477 658115

Rebecca Russell 

Executive Assistant to Mark Holton  

Tel: +44 (0) 79749 84067  


Mark has an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management and has worked in the fields of learning and leadership development for 30 years. His current interests lie in the arenas of intercultural aspects of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, alongside the impact that technology is having on learning and teaching. His personal recent international programme delivery includes the Far East, the Middle East and West Africa.

Mark Holton is Director of Organisation Development for the University Group and a Director on the Board of CU Services Limited. Mark has been at the University since 2006, helping develop the Organisation Development response in support of the University’s Teaching, Learning, Research and Global strategies. Before this, Mark worked in the private sector within Retail and Financial Services and in Consulting.

Mark led the team that received the Times Higher award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development in Higher Education on behalf of Coventry University in 2008. He also personally led the design and delivery of the 2012 Olympic Ambassador Training Programme for the Coventry Ambassadors.  

Key Information

  • Group Director of Organisation Development at Coventry University
  • Director at CU Services Limited
  • Qualified with an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development 
  • 2008 Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development in Higher Education
  • 2012 Olympic Games Ambassador
  • 2015 Global Business Telecom industry award for Customer Service Innovation