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Philip Coatesworth

Honorary Teaching Fellow

Philip Coatesworth

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 510703

My Role

Since selling my second business in 2010 I have had an involvement at LUMS including:

  • Interim Director of the GOLD programme for SME owner managers
  • Member of the founding group of Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • Mentor on the MBA New Venture Challenge
  • Tutor on the undergraduate entrepreneurship programme ENTR309
  • Tutor on the MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Practice degree ENTR507
  • Mentor on the Enterprise Champions Initiative.

I see my role as providing help and support to any aspect of the programmes at LUMS, where my entrepreneurial experience and business qualifications can be usefully employed.


A serial entrepreneur with almost forty years’ experience since graduating from Lancaster with an MA in Business Analysis in 1975.

An early career was in management services with both Campbell’s Soups and London Transport. Work involved production process efficiencies and railway maintenance systems improvements, respectively.

Post Lancaster, during the dissertation phase of the MA, a houseplant and flower import and distribution  business was founded. Over twenty years this grew to embrace the wholesale retail and service aspects of the ornamental horticultural sector across nine separate sites in England and Scotland

From the mid-1990s a second start up became a world leader in the highly specialised movement, by sea, of luxury yachts. The client base included major charter companies, as well as many high profile individuals from industry, commerce and the professions.

Both businesses had a substantial overseas dimension.

Each start-up was effected with negligible capital, and involved exposure  to the gamut of SME experiences throughout the business lifecycle, via a failure in the first case and a successful disposal in the second.

Also a qualified offshore sailor with over 80,000 nautical miles of experience as skipper, on vessels up to 120 feet, including five transatlantics

Current Teaching

Shackleton workshop on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Edward de Bono Thinking Hats workshop

Lecturing on the MSc in Entrepreneurship Innovation and Practice

Tutor on the new venture planning module ENSI309

Tutor on the MSc in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Practice

Tutor on the MBA

Facilitator on the GOLD non-executive director programme for SMEs

Mentor on the ERDF funded Enterprise Champions initiative


  • MA Business Analysis
  • DMS
  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster
  • FCMI