Commercial Advisory Committee

This Committee is responsible for reviewing and supporting commercial activities across the Coventry University Group and providing assurance to the University’s Board of Governors that such activities where appropriate support the enterprise and innovation pillar of the University’s corporate strategy as well as the other commercial activities. Membership of the Commercial Advisory Committee is drawn from Governors, Non-Executive and Executive members.

The subsidiary companies within the Commercial Advisory Committee’s remit are determined by the University’s Board of Governors, which currently includes: CU Services Limited, The Futurelets Limited, PeoplesFuture Limited (trading as FutureWorks) and Coventry University Enterprises Limited. Members of the Committee are also directors of these companies.

 Commercial Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

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Fred Wright

Non-Executive member (Chair)

Fred is the Commercial Director of the Warwickshire based business consultancy, Clearing House Ltd. As a managing consultant, Fred has worked with clients including the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Home Office, Northern Ireland Civil Service and a selection of FTSE 100 companies.

With over 30 years’ experience in the private sector, he has worked at C-level for a range of multinationals including Royal Dutch Shell, Michelin Tyre Plc, Calor Group Plc and on an international basis for the world’s largest privately owned trading group SHV Energy NV.

He currently holds a portfolio of non-executive director roles in both the public and private sectors and consults commercially across all sectors. He is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of a successful south-east based local authority trading company (LATC), engaged in construction, regenerations and place making.

He is also a Governor of the University.


Andrew Meehan

Non-Executive member (Deputy Chair)

Andy currently holds the role of Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors following his appointment to the Board in February 2017. Andy is a graduate of Oxford University, a chartered accountant and for 30 years enjoyed an executive career mainly in the retail sector, having had roles as finance director and chief executive of several companies including Selfridges, Mothercare and Co-operative Retail Services.

For the last 12 years, he has had a portfolio of chairmanships and non-executive directorships across commercial, public and charity sectors, including GHD Group, Fortnum and Mason and Myton Hospice.

He is currently Chairman of Ramsdens Holdings PLC and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and the hospitals’ charity. He is also Chairman of Mayday Trust, a charity working with people experiencing homelessness, treasurer of his local church and is the Chairman of the Council at Coventry Cathedral.

He is also a member of the Board of Governors, Strategy, Finance and Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee and Governance and Nominations Committee.


Rav Bagri

Rav Bagri

Non-Executive member

Rav has 30 years’ experience of working in the Financial Services sector throughout the UK. He has held senior roles at Nationwide Building Society, Santander Corporate and Midlands and is responsible for pro-actively engaging with and supporting business across a wide range of sectors to provide bespoke funding and banking solutions.

This is a key leadership role with a disruptor bank with a focus on creating FANS across the Retail, Private and Commercial banking sectors whilst working closely with local communities.

Rav was formerly Head of Commercial Banking at Unity Trust Bank and has won several regional and national awards in recognition of his contribution to business and banking.


Magi Hoppitt

Magi Hoppitt

Executive member

Magi is an experienced HR practitioner and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  She joined the University in 2007 following a number of years working within the NHS as Associate Director of HR.  She is currently the Group Director, People accountable for developing and delivering the People Strategy in support of the Corporate Plan and the provision of the full range of employment and HR services for all employers within the Coventry University Group. Magi brings more than 30 years HR expertise gained in both the public and private sector to the Group and the Commercial Advisory Committee.


Ian Marshall

Ian Marshall

Executive member

Ian is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Chief Operations Officer (Academic Services) for Coventry University. His responsibilities include UK student recruitment and admissions, information technology services, timetabling, student services, library, mathematics and statistics support centre and centre for academic writing.

He became Deputy Vice-Chancellor following extensive work in support of the University’s research and applied research capabilities. He was previously Dean of the then Faculty of Engineering and Computing.

Ian began the UK’s first masters and undergraduate degree programmes for computer game technology in the late 1990s at Abertay University, Dundee. He established the International Centre for Computer Games Technology there in 1999. Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and has led consultancy for BP Exploration, the World Health Organisation, TSB, B&Q, Shell and GEC Marconi.


Nick Owen

Nick Owen

Non-Executive member

Nick was awarded an MBE for services to arts-based businesses in 2012.  Nick is passionate about generating culturally inspiring and socially engaging creative practice within an educational context both nationally and internationally. The heart of Nick’s career has been working in the cultural education sector, including early year’s settings, mainstream schools, further education and vocational training, higher education and life-long learning.

In 1994 Nick was appointed one of the first academic heads of department at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (Head of Community Arts), during which time he led the development of the BA in Community Arts, the UK's first Certificate in HE for Disabled People and a range of part-time and outreach provisions.

Nick established the Aspire Trust in 2002, the Merseyside based international arts education business. During this time Nick completed a PhD at the University of Hull, supported by a unique scholarship from Creative Partnerships Hull.

In 2012 Nick was awarded an Honorary Fellowships in Education at the University of Hull and University of Tasmania, Australia. He has recently been appointed Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Education at the University of Nottingham. Nick is also CEO of The Mighty Creatives.

He is also a member of Board of Governors and Governance and Nominations Committee.


Nick Sale

Nick Sale

Non-Executive member

Nick is an experienced business leader and company director who worked as a chief operating officer in the automotive industry until early in 2018. Nick has had a successful track record working throughout the world in the IT and engineering services industry, with particular expertise in outsourcing and offshoring. In addition to working as an independent consultant, Nick has also started a cyber-security consultancy with an old work colleague.

Nick is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

He is also a member of Board of Governors, Human Resources Committee and Remuneration Committee.


Nemone Wynn Evans

Nemone Wynn-Evans

Non-Executive member

Nemone joined the Board of Coventry University Enterprises Limited in 2016, and subsequently joined the Commercial Advisory Committee in 2018.

Her business experience is in financial services, with current non-executive positions in the consumer financial services sector, as Senior Independent Director and Chair of Risk at a friendly society in the savings and insurance sector, and at a regional building society offering savings and mortgages.

In addition, she has an executive role at an independent private office in the Midlands, which provides investment management services to high net worth private clients.

Her background is in the equity capital markets sector of the City of London, including as finance director on the main board of a stock exchange, having begun her career in corporate finance and broking. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, and read PPE at Oxford University.


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Paul Noon OBE

Executive member

Paul leads Coventry University’s enterprise and innovation work following a successful career spanning over a quarter of a century with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), representing and promoting the best of British industry and technology across the globe. Paul's aim in his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Innovation is to push forward the University’s ambitious strategy for world-wide growth by building on current success and extending the reach of Coventry’s business-focused research and commercial activities.

Current projects include developing services for the health sector in Yorkshire, the automotive and utilities sector in Coventry and London, aviation and manufacturing in Indonesia and Brazil and industry-university links in China and India.

Paul believes that creating the translational bridge between industry and academia supports better students, better research and faster more sustainable growth in the economy. Before joining the University, Paul was Regional Director of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) West Midlands, where his main role was to support local businesses to grow and develop their export markets, as well as attracting inward investment to the region. Paul is a champion of devolution, working collaboratively with the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Midlands Engine to drive growth and prosperity in these important regions.