Professor John Coyne

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Professor John Coyne

Job title: Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby

Phone No: 01332 591001

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Department: Executive

I joined the University as Vice-Chancellor in August 2004.

The University of Derby has over 20,000 students and operates across the county of Derbyshire with principal sites in Derby and Buxton and a small centre in Chesterfield which opened in 2007.

With a turnover approaching £120m and 2,700 employees the University is not only a major institution of higher education it is also one of the area's largest businesses. The University has won widespread recognition for a number of its innovative programmes and approaches.

It is important that this University is engaged in the broader economic life of the region. We are regionally focused and have deep roots into our community. I serve on a number of local and regional bodies as part of the University's broad commitments.

Outside the University I am Chairman of Cfe Research and Consultancy Ltd, a company that specialises in the development of policy and application in the fields of enterprise, skills development, and the delivery of public services. I was a co-founder of the company in 1997.

Prior to joining the University of Derby as Vice-Chancellor, I was Pro Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University. My early career was at the University of Nottingham so I am familiar with the cities of the East Midlands.

Professional interests

I am an economist by original discipline and have worked extensively in the fields of Small Business, Business Policy and Human Resource Management.

My early career was at the University of Nottingham, where I was variously a member of the School of Management and Finance and the Department of Industrial Economics and Warden of Cripps Hall.

I was a founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Management Buy-out Research. I have consulted for a diverse range of companies, banks, venture capitalists and institutions and contributed widely to academic journals, edited volumes and the professional press and been a regular contributor to business conferences and events and an economic commentator.

Media experience

Yes, plenty of TV and radio.

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