Alumni

Alumni Association Committee

Have your voice heard by joining the Alumni Association Committee, a channel of communication between the University and the Alumni Association. The Committee is elected annually and meets quarterly.

The Committee comprises of a Chair, ten full members, and up to five co-opted members (one of whom is a representative of the Students’ Union, usually the current SU President.). Additional persons may also attend the meetings as Guests of the Committee.

All University of Leicester alumni are eligible to join as members of the Alumni Association Committee, however please be aware that all seats on the Alumni Association Committee are currently occupied.

The Annual Alumni Meeting

The Annual Alumni Meeting (formerly known as the Alumni Annual General Meeting or AGM) is open to all University of Leicester alumni. At the Annual Alumni Meeting, the Committee will report back to alumni on activities during the last 12 months, an update will be provide on philanthropic funds managed jointly by the University and Alumni Committee will be given and alumni will be invited to vote on members of the Committee who are standing for re-election.

Outside of the formal agenda of the Annual Alumni Meeting, the meeting is a great opportunity for alumni to meet and catch-up with one another, and to pose any questions they have to the Alumni Committee and/or Alumni Relations Team.

The next Alumni Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday 1 October at 2pm GMT. Alumni may join in person or via Zoom - If you have not yet received an invite to join the meeting, please get in touch. You can view the agenda and minutes of the last Annual Alumni Meeting below.

Chair

Mr Martin Cullen (LLB Law, 2006) [2022]

Martin is a Law Graduate who was the President of the Students' Union from 2005 - 2007. He has been a member of the Alumni Association Committee since 2005, and was elected Chair of the Alumni Association at the AGM in June 2019.

In his role as Chair, Martin leads the Alumni Association and its Committee, as well as liaising with University staff to ensure the Alumni voice is heard. He also sits on University Council. 

Outside of his Alumni duties, Martin is an entrepreneur working in the Midlands, with his main role being that of Managing Director of Rockstar Marketing Group Ltd, an events and marketing company he started in 2007. He is also a Director of a buy-to-let property company, Rockstar Property Group, as well as being involved with a number of local charities. Martin lives in Leicester with his wife Sarah, and their recently arrived twin daughters Mia and Ava.

For matters related to the Alumni Association Committee, you can contact Martin

Vice Chair

Ms Lynda Wight (BSc Biological Sciences, 1978) [2022]

After graduating from Leicester, where she lived in Clare Hall, Lynda took an MSc in Information Science from City, University of London. She worked in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs before establishing a global consultancy and training company. After selling the company, she became Executive Director of TOPRA, the global professional association for healthcare regulation, retiring in 2020 after 22 years at the helm. She is an Honorary Fellow of TOPRA and a Fellow of the RSA. She has also served as a member of Section Council of the Royal Society of Medicine and as a Board member of the Institute of Association Leadership. She volunteered with a healthcare charity for over 20 years and currently volunteers in her local community and with the National Trust. Lynda enjoys live music of all types, especially folk festivals.

Committee Members

Dr Robert Fairbrother (BSc Physics and Mathematics, 1953; PGCE, 1954) [2023]

Having graduated from Leicester in 1953 with a degree in Physics and Mathematics, Robert 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. Played rugby football and was a member of the 1953 team that represented English Universities v Scottish Universities. 

Robert and his wife have filmed pupils doing art projects in Primary Schools in Croydon. He tries to keep a large garden under control, is a member and past chairman of a local PROBUS club, and a member of a Moviemakers group.

Mr Dan Flatt (BA Modern Languages with Management with a year abroad, 2012) [2024]

Dan Flatt, originally from Milton Keynes, graduated with a BA in Modern Languages with Management from the University in July 2012. Upon graduation, he was elected President of the Students’ Union between 2012-14. Following his time in the Students’ Union, Dan began working in Student Engagement at the University of Nottingham. In 2015, Dan returned to the University of Leicester and currently works as Senior Student Recruitment Officer. In his role, Dan travels around the UK and Europe encouraging students to study in Leicester. Dan holds a voluntary position as Vice Chair of the Higher Education Liaison Officer Association Midlands committee.

Outside of his career, Dan enjoys travelling, running (not very fast!) and has most recently begun to teach himself the guitar. He is a season ticket holder at Milton Keynes Dons. Dan is married to another former Leicester Modern Languages student, Anna (Née Graves). They still live in Leicestershire with their two rescue black cats.

Ms Elizabeth Blood (MA Museum Studies, 2011) [2024]

Elizabeth Blood is a heritage specialist who has worked in conservation, museums and the historic environment. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Leicester, uncovering the story of the University's foundation and its first century of existence. She has previously worked for Historic England, Leicestershire County Council, the Battlefields Trust and the National Memorial Arboretum. She is also a current Leicester PhD candidate studying First World War memorials and has a keen interest in memorials and tombs, historic buildings and conservation.

Dr Lukas M. Stahl Esq. (European Mgt and Employment Law LLM, 1997) [2023]

Primarily based in New York City, Dr Lukas M. Stahl is the Managing Attorney and founder of Stahl Law. He studied law in Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. He graduated with Master of Laws degrees from the University of Leicester in European Law and from the University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY, in U.S. Law. 

Dr Stahl is admitted to the State Bar of California, the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. He is also licensed as a corporate and investment adviser pursuant to Austrian and European Law. 

Lukas, who speaks German, English and Italian, is a citizen of Austria and the United States. He also serves as President of the American Friends of the University of Leicester, a non-profit foundation being launched in May 2020 to support the University’s work in North America.

Mr Charles du Couëdic de Kerérant (LLB Maîtrise in English and French Law, 2014) [2024]

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.

Charles is Lecturer in Private Law at Université Paris (London) and a teaching fellow at the Faculty of Law of the Université de 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 a reserve Officer of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). He is also a farmer in the south of France and has received the commendation of Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit.

Mr Simon Green (LLB Law, 2005; MA Diplomatic Studies, 2007) [2024]

Simon graduated from the University in 2005.  He was then elected Vice President of the Students' Union and served a one-year term before undertaking an MA in Diplomatic Studies.

After leaving Leicester Simon went on to work for a Member of Parliament.  He later undertook further study and obtained the Chartered Insurance Institute's Diploma in Financial Planning and is now a Financial Planning Consulting, working with individuals, trusts and businesses.

In his spare time, Simon enjoys fly fishing, gardening, travel and home brewing.

Mr Richard Lee (BSc Combined Studies, 1977) [2024]

After graduating, Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  He joined Deloitte in London as a management consultant.  He spent two years in Sydney Australia before moving to Toronto in 1993 with his Canadian wife, Ann Richards, where they still live.  He retired from Deloitte in June 2014.

While at Deloitte in Toronto he formed a Consulting alumni programme and then led the Canadian national alumni programme as a partner champion.  Since retiring, he continues to play an active role in developing and advising on Deloitte’s national alumni programme.

He is currently an advisor and coach to tech entrepreneurs and executives and works as an independent consultant. He serves on the advisory board of two boutique consulting firms, providing advice on business development and management processes.  When not working, he enjoys travelling – recent trips include Albania, Azerbaijan and Russia – and he is an avid reader of British history.

Mr Michael Aw (Master of Business Administration (DL), 1998) [2024]

Michael is the Founder and Managing Director of 38 Investment PL, investing in properties in several countries. He was also the Co-Founder and Ex-CEO of Mekong Group Pte. Ltd, a business advisory company focusing on the Indo-China market.

Currently based in Singapore, Michael has been a business advisor to a 25 year old Singapore company, helping improve their business framework, quality processes, policies and organisational structure.Michael previously spent 21 years working for Motorola Solution Inc, covering regional sales, channel partnership development and product marketing in Asia.

Michael is also the Honorary Chairman of La Trobe University Alumni Singapore Chapter and Honorary District Councillor, Central Singapore promoting environmental causes.

Ms Jashan Johal (BSc Computing with Management (Industry), 2019) [2024]

Jashan is a recent graduate from the University of Leicester, who is now based in London UK, as a Cloud Solution Architect on Microsoft's Azure Cloud. Her interests include empowering younger generations into STEM based roles, mindfulness and wellbeing practices in the tech intense world.

Throughout her time at the University, Jashan spent a great deal of energy focused on giving back to students and staff. She joined and supported several community-led groups such as Women in Computer Science and the Sikh Society whilst highlighting the importance of good mental health and mindfulness practices for all.

Ms Rhiannon Jenkins (BSc Mathematics, 2018; MSc Space Exploration Systems, 2020) [2022]

Rhiannon is the current 2021/22 Students' Union President who represents students at the University. 

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