John Yates

John Yates is the New Ventures Director at the City & Guilds Group.

In this position, he is overseeing a £2.5mil venture fund which will seek to support innovation in the way skills education is delivered. Prior to this appointment,  he was the CEO of Manipal City & Guilds in April 2012 - a joint venture between Manipal Global Education and The City and Guilds of London Institute.

During his tenure he has overseen the complete platform migration of City & Guilds’ online testing capability, and the acquisition of the e-portfolio business Learning Assistant, alongside a reorganisation of the entire product development function.

John has a strong background in vocational and higher education and has worked at Pearson Education, BPP Learning Media and Cengage Learning EMEA, where he was responsible for managing and developing broad educational product portfolios. 

He has extensive technical and educational publishing expertise and for the past decade has been at the cutting-edge of advancements in e-learning technology and how it can be harnessed for the benefit of teachers and learners.