John Timpson graduated from The University of Nottingham in 1964 with a degree in Industrial Economics.
His great grandfather William Timpson launched a shoe retailers called 'Timpson' in 1865 on Oldham Road in Manchester. John began his career at Timpson as a shop assistant and took over the business as Managing Director in 1975.
In this video John tells us about his time at university and explains more about his management strategies and what it's like to work at Timpson.
During the Summer 2014 graduations John was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.