11th July 2005




The University of Lincoln has appointed a new Professor of Direction and Leadership.

Professor Coulson-Thomas is the founder and director of several technology/knowledge companies and has helped over 50 international organisations to improve board and corporate performance.

He is Chairman of the Panel of Judges for the International e-Business Innovation awards, Director of the Business Development Forum and a Member of the Council of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee.

From 1994-97 he was the Willmott Dixon Professor of Corporate Transformation, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Head of Putteridge Bury Management Centre at the University of Luton and a Senior Associate at the Judge Institute of Cambridge University.

He has also worked at Universities around the world including McMaster University, Canada in 1995, East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai in 1996 and the Management Development Institute in Delhi in 1997.

Colin is also Professor and Head of the Centre for Competitive Studies in Luton.

He has authored over 30 books and reports. Articles he has written in the last couple of months have appeared in European Business, Strategic Direction, Management Services and the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management.

Commenting on his new role at Lincoln Professor Coulson-Thomas said, “If a business had a heart or a soul it would be found in the boardroom. Directors should be the source of a company’s ambition and drive. Yet too many boards are like chapels of rest.


“Boards need to look outwards and ahead. Our direction and leadership activities at Lincoln Business School are designed to develop more competent directors, build more effective boards, and ensure UK companies remain relevant and vital and compete and win in the international marketplace.”


For more information contact: Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer 

(01522) 886244 or kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk