Influential business advisor named honorary professor

colin coulson-thomas

09 February 2016

  • Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas, author of more than 70 books and reports and an experienced chairman of award-winning companies, appointed honorary professor of Aston University.
  • Previous achievements include a portfolio of professorial appointments across the world, advising corporate and public bodies to improve performance, and leading over 20 investigations into high performance organisations.

Leading expert in competitiveness, direction and leadership, human resources and organisational behaviour Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas has been appointed an honorary professor of Aston University.

Professor Coulson-Thomas is an experienced vision holder of transformation programmes who has travelled the world taking professorial appointments at universities on nearly every continent, advising corporations and public bodies, and speaking at major corporate events and conferences – all in the name of improving the performance of organisations of all kinds.

He has served on local regional, and national UK public sector boards, written more than 1,000 articles and more than 70 books and reports, and has led more than 20 investigations to identify the critical success factors for key corporate activities and quicker, more affordable and less disruptive routes to high performance organisations. His current international roles include the post of Director-General, UK and Europe for the Institute of Directors, India.

Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas said: “The University from which one obtains a PhD will always be special, and even more so if it shares one's engagement with India and one's commitment to building relationships between India and the UK. I have met Aston alumni in India in senior positions and I look forward to working with the Aston India Foundation for Applied Research to the benefit of both countries.”


Notes to the editor

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has been always been a force for change. For more than 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. Aston is renowned for its opportunity enabler through broad access and inspiring academics, providing education that is applied and has real impact on all areas of society, business and industry. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston recently held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey.

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