John Holden

Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects at University of Manchester

Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects, University of Manchester
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

John joined the University of Manchester as Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects in January 2020. His primary responsibility is to support the University to attract national and international activities to the University and city region. This includes working in partnership with regional and national government and private, commercial and charitable organisations in the UK and globally.

John is part of the University of Manchester team working to establish the ID Manchester innovation district on the former North Campus. He leads the innovation-element of the development, working to ensure that business that locate on the site will be able to fully benefit from the research expertise and innovation assets that is available in the University and other innovation anchors in the area.

Prior to that, John was Assistant Director of Research & Strategy at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). He led a multidisciplinary team that brought together researchers and strategists with expertise in the economy, skills & employment, planning, housing & the environment, and public service reform. He also led on economic and business policy for the GMCA, including the implementation of the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy.John has extensive experience of taking research and turning it into strategies and projects that drive economic growth and prosperity.

  • 14 February 2017, 12:45pm

    Devolution and inclusive economic growth (Manchester)

    Devolution offers new opportunities for inclusive economic growth. This workshop will bring together academics from the Universities of Cambridge and Manchester with policy professionals from local government to explore working together in city areas to enhance economic opportunities across the population.