John Thomson

John Thomson

Dr John Thomson QVRM TD BA (Hons) MBA DipM DipDM PGCertRM PhD FHEA FCIM DL

Senior Lecturer


John Thomson is currently a senior lecturer and international consultant in strategic and international marketing at the Business School, Edinburgh Napier University and holds a number of non-executive directorships in both the public and private sectors. His specialisms are International Marketing and Strategic Management and he has carried out a wide range of international consultancy projects for the pharmaceutical industry, transport industry, carpet industry, tourism and leisure and the biotechnology industry. In Hong Kong he delivers an International Marketing Strategy Programme to professional managers who were studying for an MSc in Marketing and continues to deliver a programme on Global Marketing. His business related advisory roles have included Belarus (2001), Slovakia (2003), Singapore (2007) and Romania (2009) and he has also undertaken research / business in Cyprus, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain and Norway.


Public/Community Engagement

  • Territorial Decoration (TD)
  • Aide de Camps to H M Queen
  • Aide de Camps to H M Queen
  • Queens Voluntary Reserves Medal (QVRM)
  • Her Majesty's Deputy Lieutenant for the City Of Edinburgh (DL)
  • General Officer Commanding's Recommendation for Valuable Service


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner at University of Abertay
  • External Examiner at Heriot Watt University
  • External Examiner at Heriot Watt University


Non-executive Directorship

  • Non-Executive Director Imumed International (Germany)
  • Chairman of the National Artillery Association
  • Chairman of the Royal Artillery Council of Scotland
  • Chairman of the Scottish Military Ball Trust
  • Chairman of the South Edinburgh Amenities Group (SEAG)
  • Non-Executive Director of the Lady Haig Poppy Factory



  • Journal of Brand Management
  • European Business Review


Invited Speaker

  • University of Calgary, Canada


Media Activity

  • The Glasgow Herald


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • The Scotch Whisky Experience (formerly the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre), Royal Mile, Edinburgh

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