photograph James Timpson OBE announced as next Goldman Visiting Professor at Newcastle University Business School


Newcastle University Business School is set to welcome the next David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise, as it announces who is to follow in the footsteps of some the region’s most prominent business figures.
March 19 will see the inaugural lecture of 2012-2013’s David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise: James Timpson, chief executive of Timpson Group

Date: Monday 19 March 2012, 18.00 - 19.30

Venue: Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road

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The five-generation family business is the country’s largest shoe repairer, key cutter, engraver, and watch repairer, and one of the most recognised brands in the UK and Ireland with 2,300 colleagues and 900 retail outlets.
James Timpson has climbed his way up the ranks from a Saturday boy, working in one of the shoe repair branches, to his current role as chief executive of Timpson and Max Spielmann, a 200 strong photo retailer.
His 16 years at the firm has chronicled the establishment of an upside-down management system, in which the people who serve the customers are the most important lynchpins in the company’s structure.  This allows ideas and change to happen organically, ensuring the company has, and will continue to, weather the financial storms. 
Mr Timpson’s OBE was awarded for his service to training and employment of disadvantaged people, James has helped establish Timpson as the largest employer of ex-offenders in the UK. Holding the title of Chair of the Employers’ Forum for Reducing Re-offending, and a member of the Working Prison Business Advisory Group, James is dedicated to supporting people with criminal convictions to become valued colleagues.
James Timpson said: “It is an honour to be given this esteemed role from the Business School and for my work and dedication to our company to be recognised in such a way. 
“I look forward to what the role will encompass over the coming year, which will commence on the 19 March when I give my inaugural lecture.” 
Newcastle University Business School David Goldman Professor of Innovation & Enterprise James Hayton said: “James Timpson is a 'family business' entrepreneur who has done a great deal of socially and economically valuable work throughout his time at Timpson. 
“Key principles like enjoying change, keeping idea generation a top priority, having no head office and establishing an upside-down management style, make James a highly suitable appointment to the role.”
James Timpson takes over from Tom Maxfield, former Sales Director of Sage Group and founder of Tom’s Companies, as David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise.
The Goldman family established the endowment in 2001 to create a legacy in memory David Goldman, founder of the Sage Group plc. 
The Goldman endowment funds a Chair in the Business School, a David Goldman Doctoral Studentship, the David Goldman Visiting Professorship, and the Annual David Goldman Lecture, which all continue to help the Business School support and celebrate innovation and enterprise in our region.
If you would like to attend the Goldman Lecture, 19 March 18.00 – 19.30, please email

published on: 7th March 2012