How we govern CoSector


The Cosector Advisory board

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

  • Rosalyn Wilton

  • Chris Cobb

  • Paul Layzell

  • Martin Potter

  • Mark Allen

  • Ghazwa Alwani-Starr

  • Karen Kroger

  • Mark Newton, Managing Director of CoSector

The CoSector Leadership Team

The Leadership Team are the Directors who run the business day to day:

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. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of LondonMetric Property PLC, where she is Chair of Audit. Previous positions include non-executive director of AXA UK Ltd, where she was Chair of Risk and a non-executive director of Optos plc, where she was Chair of Remuneration.

 Between 1999 and 2006, Ros was chief executive of Hemscott Group Ltd, the financial data company which merged with a US firm 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 44 academies in and around London and a Teaching School for training teachers.

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

Ros is Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of London.


Chris Cobb

Chris Cobb is Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of London.  He was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor at Roehampton University  and prior to that was at the London School of Economics where he was Director of Business Systems and Services.

Chris is a former member of the AHUA Executive (2014-2016) and is a member of UK HE Financial Sustainability Steering Group and is also a member of the HESA Data Futures Programme Board.

Chris has sat on a number of national working groups relating to IT in Higher Education. Chris is a member of Oracle EMEA HE Advisory Group and a member of Ovum’s Future EdTech Advisory Board. Previously he has been a member of the HEFCE Shared Services working group. He has undertaken JISC funded research in the use of enterprise architecture within a university context with the specific aim of developing a services oriented architecture to enable shared services.

Chris has also taught University IT Management at the HUMANE Winter School and is a member of the HUMANE Executive Committee and Round Table.

Chris is a judge on the Times Higher Education Awards and the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, and is also a Governor of Goodenough College and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the City of London.


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.

martin potter

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During his international career in the chemicals industry Martin was engaged as the Finance Director to a variety of businesses and groups. He also joined Boards in Asia, The Americas and Europe, including Chair of a substantial Joint Venture in Korea and Chair of a UK Pensions Trustees Board.

In 1998 Martin joined Akzo Nobel to merge a newly acquired chemicals group. Following its successful integration, he accepted the role of Finance Director for the global Marine and Protective Paints business where he played a pivotal role in its turnaround and as a reference for business excellence throughout the Group.

In 2006, he took up the role of Group Financial Controller and Divisional Finance Director in Akzo Nobel’s corporate team in the Netherlands. The development of strategy and implementation of strong policies, at both corporate and business levels, were integral to success during the period of transformation at this Global Fortune 500 Group. Martin was influential in many of its major transactions, including the acquisition and integration of ICI (formerly Imperial Chemical Industries) in 2008.

Retiring from the chemicals sector in order to work with groups with an unambiguous social purpose, Martin joined Kingston University in 2011 as Finance Director at a time when the HEI needed to adapt to the changing regulatory landscape. His influence developed beyond Kingston as an active member of sector groups, including work with HEFCE and BIS in 2014 advising the Minister of State for Universities and Science on the subject of policy changes for improved graduate employability.

Since 2014 Martin has concentrated on Non Executive positions within the Higher Education and Social Housing sectors. He is a Trustee and Director on the Board of Regent’s University as well as a member of its Finance and Investment Committee. He is a member of Southern Housing’s Audit Committee. Other recent roles have included membership of the Audit and Risk Committee at Circle Housing and Board memberships of the Roddens and Russet housing associations.

Martin is a qualified accountant and holds first class honours in economics from the London School of Economics.