Standing Committee of the Alumni Association

The Standing Committee is a channel of communication between the University and the Alumni Association (which was formally known in the University's Constitution as Convocation). It also offers advice and support to the Development and Alumni Relations Office on the Alumni Relations programme. Members of the Alumni Association take an active part in helping to arrange and host events.

Please see list of Committee Members below.

The Committee, which generally meets quarterly, also deals with all the formal business relating to Convocation. Following recent changes in the University's governance, the Committee (rather than the membership as a whole) will be consulted on any future proposed amendments to the University's Charter and Statutes.

Read the Committee's Terms of Reference.

The Annual General Meeting, which is open to all alumni (members), elects new members of the Standing Committee, including the Chair, receives a report on the activities of the year, approves the annual accounts of the Association's own funds, and provides an opportunity for alumni to ask questions and make suggestions. The AGM is usually held as part of the Summer Reunion event in June but in 2017 will be held during the University Open day on Saturday 16th September.

Read the 2015/16 AGM minutes here.
View the AGM presentation to members here.

The Standing Committee is made up of a Chair, the immediate past Chair (if they so wish) and up to ten other members, all of whom also serve on the University Court. There may also be up to five co-opted members and one guest.

All University of Leicester graduates, including those holding a Diploma or Postgraduate qualification, are eligible to stand for election to the Committee.

The Standing Committee for 2016-2017 is listed below. Figures in square brackets denote the year in which a term of office expires. Membership is normally for three years, but may be renewed.

If you are interested in serving on the Committee or could help with the work of the Association in other ways, please contact us on 0116 223 1071 or email alumni.relations@le.ac.uk

 

Chair

Mrs Stephanie Osborn (BA Economics 1996) [2019]  Steph Osborn

Steph graduated in 1996, with a BA Economics degree. She lived in College Hall during her first year of study.

Steph is now a freelance business consultant, with a background originally in chartered accountancy with KPMG LLP in the Midlands. She works with firms and not-for-profit organisations, largely in strategic and business development roles and projects. She is also a Trustee of Big Difference Company, the organisation behind Leicester Comedy Festival.

Steph is married to fellow graduate, Richard Osborn (Law, 1994), living in Leicestershire with their 2 children.

You can read Steph's welcome letter in the 2017 alumni magazine, Gryphon, here.

Vice Chair

Mrs Lynda Wight (BSc Biological Sciences 1978) [2017]

Lynda Wight (Vice Chair)
Lynda is a Fellow and Executive Director of The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs –the international professional association for those involved in medicines regulation.  After an MSc in Information Science from City University, Lynda worked in regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry before establishing a global drug development consultancy and training company.  She is also a Fellow and Director of the Institute of Association Management and a Fellow and member of Section Council of the Royal Society of Medicine. A ‘scouser’ by birth, she now lives in East Sussex.

Past Chair

Mr Luke Trotman (BA Politics 1999) [2017]Luke Trotman

Luke was Vice President of the Students Union (Finance and Services) after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Politics in 1999. He is a founding partner of the graphic design and branding agency Thomas and Trotman Design. He lives in Brighton with his wife, also a Leicester graduate and three young children.

 

Committee Members

Dr Robert Fairbrother ( Bsc Physics and Mathematics) [2017]

Dr Robert Fairbrother

Robert has been in education all of his life. Having graduated from Leicester in 1953 with a degree in Physics and Mathematics, he obtained a PGCE in 1954, served as an education officer in the Royal Air Force, taught in schools in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire before being appointed as a lecturer and then senior lecturer at King’s College, University of London.

For a few years he organised friends from Leicester University to attend the annual Summer Reunion. One or two of them still manage to attend occasionally. He played rugby football while at Leicester and recently the club asked him to write a short account for their Web page of what it was like playing all those years ago.

In retirement Robert and his wife have filmed pupils doing art projects in many Primary Schools in Croydon as a part of their work with the Croydon Decorative and Fine Arts Society. He tries to keep a large garden under control, he is a member and past chairman of a local PROBUS club, a member of a Moviemakers group in his spare time!

Mr Dan Flatt (BA Modern Languages with Management with a year abroad 2012) [2016] Dan Flatt Correct

Dan Flatt graduated in BA Modern Languages with Management from the University in July 2012. He was elected as the last ever Academic Affairs Officer of the Students’ Union for the Academic Year 2012/2013 and was President of the Students’ Union 2013/2014. Dan currently works as the Student Engagement Co-ordinator in learning resources at University of Nottingham

Mr Daniel Etherton (BA History of Art 2015) [2017]Daniel Etherton

Daniel Etherton graduated from the University of Leicester in 2015, achieving a First Class Honours in History of Art. Founding the History of Art Society in 2012, acting as President throughout University, as well as President for Action Aid’s Youth Branch ‘Activista’ in 2014-2015. Daniel now joins as the newest member of the Alumni Association. Since then, Daniel has worked at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, and is now Manager of Object Intelligence in the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s Auction House.

Ms Elizabeth Blood (MA Museum Studies 2011) [2018] Liz Blood

Elizabeth Blood is a heritage professional who has worked in conservation, museums, the historic environment and in the charity sector. She is currently Head of Heritage and Learning at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and has previously worked for Historic England, Leicestershire County Council, the Battlefields Trust, and regularly on a freelance basis. She is a current Leicester PhD candidate, studying First World War memorials, and has a keen interest in memorials, tombs, historic buildings and conservation. She will soon be joining the University of Leicester as a Research Associate, uncovering the story of the University's foundation and its first century of existence.

Mr Martin Cullen (LLB Law 2006) [2019] Martin Cullen

Martin is a Law Graduate who was the President of The Students' Union from 2005 - 2007. He is now an Entrepreneur working in the Midlands, with his main role being that of Managing Director of Rockstar Promotions Ltd, an events and marketing company he started in 2007. He is also a Director of several other businesses in areas such as on-line marketing and business support, as well as being involved at board level with a number of Midlands based charities. Martin currently lives in Leicester.

Mr John Flynn (BSc Physics with Astrophysics 1982) [2019]  John Flynn

John is a past-president of Beaumont Hall JCR (1982) and held various positions in the Union RAG committee from 1979 to 1982. After Leicester, in parallel with working as a systems engineer in the space industry he continued postgraduate studies and in 1986 was awarded an MSc in Astrophysics by Queen Mary College, University of London.

In 1994 he established his own company and has since been working as an engineering consultant for client aerospace companies in Europe and North America. For recreation he flies his own Tiger Moth vintage biplane which he displays at summer airshows throughout England.

Miss Lily Davies (BA Communications & Electronic Engineering 2011) [2018]Lily Davies

Lily graduated in 2011 with a BEng in Communications and Electronic Engineering and went on to serve on the Student Union Sabbatical Team for two years as Union Development Officer. Since leaving Leicester, she has helped a family member to set up and establish Atkin Grant & Lang Shooting Ground based in Hertfordshire as one of the leading grounds in the country and started many initiatives to encourage more women into the sport.

Mr Stephen Wright (BSc Physics with Microelectronics and Computing 1984) [2017]  Stephen Wright

After graduating from Leicester he obtained a PhD from Nottingham University and went on to pursue a career in manufacturing with Coates Viyella that took him to America for 16 years where he also had senior and executive roles with Deloitte, Nordisk Aviation Products and latterly started his own consulting firm. He returned to the UK in 2009.

Lukas M. Stahl (European Mgt and Employment Law LLM, 1997) [2017]  Lukas

Lukas studied law in Austria, Italy, the UK and the United States and graduated with Master of Laws degrees from the University of Leicester, UK, in European Law and from the University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY, in U.S. Law. He also studied economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as business administration at Harvard University and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business where he graduated with the degree of Master of Business Administration; Lukas also holds a post-graduate Certificate in Taxation from the Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration.

Lukas is heading the European Practice Group at Richardson & Patel LLP. He is admitted to the State Bar of the State of California and qualified as a licensed corporate and investment advisor pursuant to Austrian and European Law.

Lukas speaks German, English and Italian. He also reads Spanish and French. Lukas is a citizen of Austria and a permanent resident of the United States.

Charles du Couëdic de Kerérant - LL.B Maîtrise in English and French Law 2014 [2018]Charles du Couedic

Charles du Couëdic de Kerérant graduated from the University of Leicester and Strasbourg in 2014 with joint subject degree in English and French Law (Bachelor of Laws, Licence en Droit, Maîtrise en Droit). He then studied for a Master of Laws in Business Law (DJCE) at the University of Strasbourg in 2015. He took an LL.M in Legal Practice (LPC) at the University of Law in 2016 and is currently seeking a training contract in order to qualify as a solicitor. Since graduation he has received a PhD in Comparative English and French Contract Law at the University of Strasbourg.

During his time at Leicester he was a Student Representative at School, College and University Level as well as Union Officer. He enjoys cooking, sailing and diving (that could be guessed from his French name from Brittany). He is also a farmer in the south of France and has received the commendation of Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit.

 


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