John Watkins

Director of Employability, University of Law


John Watkins is a qualified Chartered Accountant who spent 15 years in a professional services firm as a business adviser, department head and running the learning and development directorate.

John designed recruitment processes for school-leaver entry, graduate roles and experienced hire and oversaw the professional training and personal skills development of all staff.

Initially he brought his experience of the employer perspective into Higher Education by supporting the development of university skills and employability awards, before moving into the sector and spending three years as Director of Careers Service at the University of Surrey.

John took up his current role as Director of Employability at the University of Law in the Summer of 2015. He has responsibility for supporting students as they consider their career options and navigate recruitment processes as well as ensuring that academic learning is complemented by enhancement of the skills demanded by employers for optimal performance in the workplace.

John also contributes to the work of the Surrey Employment and Skills Board which has representatives from employers, local authorities, schools, colleges and Universities with the ambition to raise skills levels to meet the current and future needs of businesses, and to ensure that the skills system is flexible and responsive to changing requirements in the local economy to support economic growth and enhance participation in the workforce. John has been a member of the Board since its inception and was appointed Deputy Chair in January 2015.

John is Chair of his local Cricket Club and a Governor at a Girls Independent School.

Guest speaker for Predict ’21 – Future Careers.