International Advisory Committee

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

The subsidiary company currently under the International Advisory Committee’s remit, as determined by the University’s Board of Governors, is CU Management Services Limited. Members of the Committee, with the exception of Furrkh Aslam, David Pilsbury and Ian Marshall are also directors of the company.

 International Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

Edward Stroud

Edward Stroud

Non-Executive member (Chair)

Edward is a Cambridge University graduate, a business graduate of the Scottish Business School and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He has spent a number of years in manufacturing and exporting as a technical and managing director before a period in merchant banking.

For the past 10 years he has held a number of positions on Oleo International, a global leading technology business in the transport sector, most recently as a director, responsible for the Chinese factor and business operation and new product development.

He is also treasurer of a local registered charity responsible for the management of his local village hall.

He is also a member of the University’s Board of Governors.


Frank Mills

Frank Mills

Executive member

Frank is currently Managing Director of Coventry University Enterprises Limited which is a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of Coventry University. Coventry University Enterprises Limited is responsible for the running of a successful Technology Park, Conference Centre, Recruitment Agency and a specialist division focusing on the delivery of business incubation and start-ups support, entrepreneurial and skill development, particularly focused at SMEs, to support economic development.

Frank also has overall responsibility for an overseas subsidiary in Singapore specializing in virtual technologies. In 1999 following a long career with BT in an international customer facing environment he was appointed BT Regional Director, West Midlands and in 2007 as non-executive Director to the BT West Midlands Board.

Frank’s previous appointments have included Chair of the Solihull NHS Care Trust, Chair of Sandwell Skills & Economic Regeneration Partnership and Chair Screen, Image & Sound Economic Development Group. Frank lives in the West Midlands and is married with a grown up family.


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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.


Professor 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.


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Furrkh Aslam

Executive member

Appointed as a Staff Governor in September 2018, Furrkh is a Senior Lecturer in Computing based within the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computer.

Furrkh first joined the university in 1998 and has taught in the areas of E and M Commence, Business Continuity, Global Business development and System analysis. Furrkh is interested in overseas recruitment and collaboration and has travelled extensively to the Indian sub-continent.

Furrkh first joined the university in 1998 and has taught in the areas of E and M Commence, Business Continuity, Global Business development and System analysis. Furrkh is interested in overseas recruitment and collaboration and has travelled extensively to the Indian sub-continent.

Furrkh has held posts in secondary schools and Further Education where he was also an Ofsted inspector. He has managed his own printing and marketing company, IT consultancy and software development house.

He is a senior yoga instructor for Yoga Alliance UK and joint co-founder of his own martial arts school. He is a trustee on the board at the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and is an advisor to the Coventry Girls and Boys club.

Furrkh is also a trustee of the Coventry University Students’ Union.


Sara Leavesley

Sara Leavesley

Non-Executive member

Sara is an English qualified solicitor with over 20 years’ experience working in industry on mergers and acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures across Europe, US, Asia and Latin America. Sara has primarily worked in private equity and in the energy industry.

Sara currently works for E.ON and has held a variety of senior legal counsel roles in the UK, including Head of M & A Legal for the E.ON Group based in Dusseldorf.

Sara is also an external member appointed to the University’s Audit and Risk Committee.


David Pillsbury

David Pilsbury

Executive member

David leads international engagement for the University through the International Office, Academic Partnership Unit and Centre for Global Engagement. He is responsible for the University’s international campuses, joint-ventures and trans-national learning. David led establishment of the University’s London campus and has embedded and developed international outreach programmes across the University. David was previously chief executive of the Worldwide Universities Network and was head of research policy at HEFCE.


Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds

Non-Executive member

Peter is a marketing and sales specialist with over 30 years’ experience in consumer goods and professional services in national and international leadership roles. He was previously a board governor of Instructus (a charity that supports apprenticeships and other workplace learning) and Chair of The Institute of Paralegals.

Peter’s international know-how comes from 15 years living and working overseas. Based in Bangkok for seven years, he worked across the whole of Asia helping companies create and implement growth strategies. On moving to Switzerland, he led the EMEA sales function for a large US consultancy.

He is active in his local community being a committee member of the drama and folk music groups.


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David Totté

Non-Executive member

David is a business leader with over 20 years professional work experience, having held various global and pan European P/L Business Management, and Commercial leadership roles, within multinational listed companies such as Saint-Gobain, Dow Chemical and De Beers.

In addition, he has been CEO and MD, in a more entrepreneurial capacity in partnership with private equity, having built up from scratch a 100M€ business within the automotive aftermarket sector in France, over a period of 7 years.

Currently, David oversees the commercial transformation at Spectris Plc, as Group Sales & Marketing Director, responsible for transforming a global commercial organisation of 5k people across Spectris’s 13 operating companies. The role involves ensuring Spectris’s sales, marketing, customer service and product management teams, are focused on delivering the group strategy and objectives.

David is multi-lingual and speaks fluent French, German, and English. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Durham University and an MBA from the Solvay business school in Brussels.