Professor John Latham
Vice-Chancellor and CEO
John’s blend of business acumen and academic insight – as well as his passion for innovation in education – have, over the past decade, helped Coventry University to carve itself a reputation as the country’s top modern university, and one which is not afraid to do things differently.
His appointment as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Coventry University in 2014 marked a milestone in an accomplished career which began when he graduated from the very same institution he now leads. It followed an eight-year tenure as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Business Development at the University, and – prior to that – a diverse range of roles in an array of technology specialisms.
Testament to John’s successful leadership is a raft of recent awards for Coventry, most notably the 2015 ‘University of the Year’ accolade awarded by the Times Higher Education, which followed a trio of consecutive ‘Modern University of the Year’ titles in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
John’s entrepreneurial approach has seen him forge connections and collaborations across the globe. The unprecedented reach and number of links Coventry University can now boast with a wide array of organisations – not just in the UK and Europe, but worldwide – continue to reflect his forward-thinking leadership.
A singular combination of business savvy and academic experience has seen him take an instrumental role in the establishment of several of Coventry University’s most ground-breaking initiatives, most notably its Technology Park and – more recently – the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering in collaboration with Unipart Manufacturing Group.
High profile roles at regional, national and European level have enabled John to engage extensively with programmes such as the EU-funded Midlands Innovation Relay Centre and Advantage West Midlands. He retains his considerable influence at a regional level through a deep and wide-ranging involvement with the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, for which, as a board member and sub-group chair, he played a key role in the successful City Deal submission.
Ownership of a number of board-level, committee member and advisory posts at several eminent national organisations – including the Design Council, HEFCE, Universities UK and University Alliance mission group – provide John with invaluable insight and an influence for Coventry University at the highest levels.