Sir John is the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, and has had a long and distinguished career across the technology, financial services and retail sectors.
He is currently Chairman of global fashion brand Burberry plc and Chairman of the Midlands Engine.
He is committed to supporting the growth of the region and has a long-standing interest in education.
Between 1999 and 2009 he was Chairman of the Board of Governors at NTU, and he is also a Trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham.
Sir John has held Chief Executive roles within a range of organisations including the financial services company Experian plc, of which he was one of the founders, and GUS plc.
He has also been Chairman of Standard Chartered plc and the Work Foundation, a leading independent think-tank.
Sir John said: “I am delighted to be returning to a role at Nottingham Trent University. It is a fantastic institution and one that I know well from my time as a member of the Board of Governors. The University has much to be proud of, and makes a hugely important contribution to the ongoing growth and cultural development of the region.”
Neil Goulden, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University said: “I am very pleased that Sir John will be taking up the role of Chancellor at NTU. His vast experience across the world of business along with his strong connection and commitment to the region’s growth and future success make him the perfect candidate for this important role.”
Sir John will be officially installed in his new role at a special ceremony on 8 December at the University during the Winter graduation period.
The role of Chancellor is to undertake a number of important ceremonial duties, including conferring degrees at graduation ceremonies and representing the University at events. He takes over the role from Kevin Cahill OBE, who was Chancellor of the University for three years from 2014.
Sir John was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from NTU in 2015, in recognition of his contribution to the civic and commercial life of the City and County.