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Uni chief given major role with government agency.

Byline: Staff Reporter

THE vice-chancellor and CEO of Coventry University, Professor John Latham, has been appointed to the governing board of Innovate UK.

Business secretary Sajid Javid announced the three-year appointment of both Prof Latham and entrepreneur Tim Edwards to the UK government's innovation agency's board, adding: "We want to make the UK the best place in the world to innovate and grow a business.

"Innovate UK has helped more than 5,000 companies to grow and create jobs.

"As board members, John Latham and Tim Edwards will bring a great deal of valuable experience to the important role driving the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy."

Prof Latham joined Coventry University in 1984 in the Department of Computer Science, before progressing to a number of senior management positions, including managing director of Coventry University Enterprises Ltd and deputy vice-chancellor for business development. He became vice-chancellor and CEO in March 2014.

During his time at Coventry University, Prof Latham was the driving force behind the development of the institution's Technology Park, which has been a catalyst for the success of the university's engagement with business startups and SMEs.

More recently, he played a key role in the creation of the university's PS32 million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering in Coventry, in partnership with Unipart, which opened its doors last year to give students a "real world" experience on industry's front line while they study.

Prof Latham said: "Successful collaboration between universities and businesses remains critical for the growth of the UK economy, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to bring my knowledge and experience in this field to the Innovate UK board and to represent the university and Coventry itself at the forefront of British enterprise development."

Phil Smith, chairman of Innovate UK and chief executive of Cisco UK and Ireland, said: "I am delighted to welcome John and Tim to the board of Innovate UK. John's understanding of the need to bridge the gap from research to commercialisation, as well as Tim's experience as an entrepreneur in a highly innovative sector, will help ensure Innovate UK maintains its focus on its core role of supporting high-potential UK firms."


Coventry University vice-chancellor Professor John Latham

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 29, 2015
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