CoSector's digital teams have over 50 years' of delivering leading digital services and solutions to help learning institutions achieve their digital ambitions and learners everywhere to have the best possible learning experience.
We have a reputation of reliability, credibility, maturity and flexibility. This is why we are the perfect choice to be your trusted digital partner.
Our digital services focus primarily on the higher education sector, but we also work closely with professional learning organisations and commercial companies in other sectors. We are steeped in university culture as a core part of the University of London and as such have a particular insight into future of learning environments.
While CoSector was formed in 2015, the team's experience of enabling transformational change through digital technology can be traced back to its very origins as a result of the Flowers Report in 1966 which recommended a regional centre for early computing to be provided as a service to other universities. The aim was to develop the use of computers as an instrument of modernisation and of economic advance. The University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) was subsequently formed in 1968 and was the first supercomputer facility established in London for the purpose of scientific and educational research by all of the colleges of the University of London.
CoSector remains true to that central vision today, bringing its 50+ years of digital experience to bear across almost every aspect of further, higher and professional education.
Microsoft Silver Partner for the Cloud
As of December 2019, CoSector - University of London are pleased to announce we are a Microsoft Silver Partner for the Cloud Platform.
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.
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.
Mrs Akushie is a qualified accountant and also a qualified corporate treasurer. While her most recent experience is at CRUK, she has extensive experience in a variety of sectors and has previously led multi-functional teams through major financial and organisational change. She has held several non-executive positions, including Chair of the Audit Committee of The Beatson Institute and is currently a non-executive director of HICL Infrastructure PLC, a UK-listed infrastructure investment company.
Mark Allen has a background and extensive expertise in student accommodation and housing and was formerly a director at UPP (Universities Public Partnerships).
As a higher education (HE) professional with over 30 years’ experience, he was the first member of his family to go to university. Mark has been passionate about the sector ever since, and has held senior directorships both in the public and private sectors, mainly in the HE sector.
Currently Mark holds several Memberships; Council Chair of Health & Safety Committee, and Finance and Estates Committee, both with University of Roehampton. His non-executive memberships are for StudentCrowd and SPCE; both companies provide services to universities and to students.
Mark is an Equity Director of Sure Start Ventures Ltd (SSV). An angel investment company, supporting start-up companies. He is also a private investor in several other start-up companies across a number of sectors including Artificial Intelligence, Fintech and Pharmaceutical etc.
Previously Mark was a founding director of UPP Group, now the largest on campus provider of student accommodation and infrastructure services to UK universities.
Mark was educated at the University of Sheffield obtaining an Honours Degree in Politics and Economics.
Mark Newton, Managing Director of CoSector - University of London has over 29 years of experience in operational, technical and IT roles, with a strong track record of delivering change initiatives across business critical operations in a range of sectors by identifying creative and pragmatic solutions.
At CoSector - University of London, Mark is responsible for leading the business comprising Digital and ICT, Student Housing, Recruitment and Events, line managing circa 120 staff. CoSector’s purpose is to improve student experience and outcomes by working with organisations to help them optimise their investment in education. Aiming to be a provider of choice for a range of services which enrich learning and education.
Previous to joining CoSector, Mark held a role for eight years at Ealing Council, where he was director of business services. Here he was responsible for ICT, Property & Facilities Management, Strategic Procurement and HR Shared Services. During his time at Ealing, Mark developed a 5-year ICT strategy which saw the refresh of an ageing ICT infrastructure to enable the Council’s key delivery objectives, securing approval of Executive Board and elected members. Previous to this, Mark spent 18 years in a variety of technical operational and senior management roles at the BBC, including head of IT and technical support in BBC News.
Mark holds an MBA (with merit) from the University of Westminster and a BSc (Hons) Applied Physics from Portsmouth. Further to this, Mark completed a senior leadership accreditation from Ashridge during his time at the BBC.
Dave Kenworthy, Director of Digital Services has over 17 years of experience of leading the delivery of commercial IT services including software, infrastructure, platform and professional services.
At CoSector, Dave leads the Digital Services team, circa 60 staff, responsible for delivering high quality, cost-effective IT and digital solutions to over 300 UK institutions, and over one million HE & FE users. Dave’s key focus at CoSector, in a rapidly changing digital world, is to continuously embed solutions and processes that enable our customers to enrich education and learning through innovative and sustainable services, and ultimately enhance the student experience.
Prior to joining University of London in 2012, Dave spent over 10 years in software engineering at global engineering firm, Bühler. Dave moved from a graduate position to leading the software team and in doing so transformed the full software lifecycle - producing more reliable, better-functioning software delivered, tested and released efficiently through automation.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from Royal Holloway, University of London 2:1 (Hons) and a Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science (Distinction) from UCL.
Andrew Smith, Associate Finance Director - As Associate Finance Director at CoSector, Andrew has responsibility for the financial health of the business. He combines operational and strategic roles, managing reporting and financial control functions, and he has also established a financial strategy for the profitable long-term growth of the business.
“I think Co-Sector has the potential to develop into something quite remarkable and unique, both within in the HE sector and beyond, and I am very much looking forward to being a part of that”.
After initially studying law at both university and postgraduate level, and having previously worked in publishing and financial services, Andrew began his career as an accountant working for Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
Andrew then moved into the Third Sector where he began focussing his efforts on the financial planning and analysis side of the business as this was where he felt he could add most value.
Most recently, prior to joining CoSector, Andrew was working as Financial Controller for a group of specialist PR companies focused on the pharmaceutical industry.
Martin Wills, Transformation and Operations Director
Martin Wills, Transformation and Operations Director - Martin is a versatile, adaptable and innovative senior business leader with extensive experience of leading organisations through challenging transformations to achieve profitability and sustainable growth.
At CoSector – University of London, Martin has driven shaping the business following a merger of 3 previous separate divisions in 2015. He lead the team through transformation focusing on efficiency, processes and growth areas, focusing particularly on the Housing and Recruitment services teams.
He has extensive experience of operating at board level and has a proven track record of delivery in: Education; Utilities; Powered Access; Financial Services; Pharmaceuticals (FMCG); Automotive & logistics industries for blue-chip organisations.
Following reading Economics at the University of Leicester Martin spent 10 years in Retail banking in a variety of roles starting in Branch Management before moving into Head Office and project based roles.
Subsequently, Martin moved on to work in the Utility sector. Here he held a number senior roles in Strategy, Change and Transformation, working across HR, Finance and IT. Also during this period Martin gained a Masters in Service Management, specialising in Human Resources and the people aspect of change and Lean process automation. Then he attended Ashridge Business School to complete the Leading Strategy and Change course.
Over the last ten years Martin has held a number of Director Roles, principally with Lavendon Group (at the time a FTSE 250 company) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and also operated as a Management consultant doing work for Tata, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Thames Water. During this time Martin also gained an expertise in Business reporting and analytics.