How we govern CoSector


BackgrounD - The University of london

The University of London was incorporated originally by Royal Charter in 1836 and is, at present, incorporated by Royal Charter granted in 1863. It is now governed by the University of London Act 1994 , and by the Statutes made under it. The governing body of the University is the Board of Trustees and the principal officer is the Vice-Chancellor.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to deliver high quality, flexible professional services to customers in the IT, Recruitment and Housing sectors. As a university, we understand the influencing factors when it comes to purchasing such services, from delivering first class expertise to cost-effective solutions. We aim to fulfil all of our customers' needs because they are the services we use, too. We're truly in the sector, for the sector.

The Cosector Advisory board

The CoSector Advisory Board refers to the governing body of CoSector and comprises of six people: 

  • Chris Cobb
  • Andrew Murphy
  • Rosalyn Wilton
  • Martin Potter
  • Mark Allen
  • Paul Layzell


Rosalyn (Ros) Wilton

Rosalyn (Ros) Wilton has had a distinguished career spanning four decades during which she has held a number of high profile executive and non-executive positions. Until last year, she was a non-executive director of AXA UK Ltd, where she was Chair of Risk. She was also a non-executive director of Optos plc, a listed medical technology company until it was sold in 2015. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of LondonMetric Property PLC, a UK listed company, where she is Chair of Audit.

Between 1999 and 2006, Ros was chief executive of Hemscott Group Ltd, the financial data company which merged with a US firm in 2006 to form the global financial technology company Ipreo, where she became Chairman until 2009. Prior to this, she worked for Reuters Group, where she held a number of senior roles, including the position of Managing Director, Transaction Products.

She was also the first woman to be appointed to the Reuters Executive Committee, making her the most senior woman in the Reuters Group at that time and was short listed for UK Business Woman of the Year. Previously, as a Director of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE), she was the first woman to serve on the board of any Exchange in the UK or Europe.

Ros’s educational involvements include being Chair of Governors at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley and is Vice Chair of the Harris Federation Board, a leading sponsor of 37 academies in London and a Teaching School for training teachers.

Ros read Mathematics at the University of London and is married with two daughters.


Chris Cobb

Chris Cobb graduated in Business and Computing and began his career as an analyst programmer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), implementing and developing computer systems for its administration. During the course of 18 years at the LSE, including a period as an independent consultant, Chris gradually took on increasing levels of responsibility to become Director of Business Systems & Services.

He left the LSE in 2005 to become Pro Vice-Chancellor at Roehampton University with responsibility for HR, Estates & Facilities Management, Information & Communications Technology and Library Services. This role also encompassed business process change, and in this capacity he led a number of different efficiency and business automation projects, as well as a major academic restructuring.

Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a judge for the Times Higher Awards. He has participated on a number of national groups in support of Jisc and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is a consultant for the European University Association (EUA). Chris is currently a member of the HEFCE Cloud Advisory Group established under the Universities Modernisation Fund.


Paul Layzell

Professor Paul Layzell BA (Econ), PhD, FBCS, CEng, FHEA is Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, joining the institution in 2010. Previously he held senior positions at the universities of Sussex, Manchester and UMIST and managed the merger of UMIST and the University of Manchester. 

He is a computer science academic working in the field of software engineering and Cloud computing. He is chair of AQA Education, one of the UK’s largest examination bodies for A-level and GCSE qualifications. 

He is also a trustee of Jisc, provider of digital services to the higher education, further education and skills sectors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of London.


Andrew Murphy

In addition to being a CoSector board member, Andrew Murphy has been Director of Finance and Planning at the University of London since January 2013. Prior to his role at the central University, Andrew was Finance Director at Imperial College London after holding senior positions at General Electric, Amersham plc and British Airways.


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