Division of General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin became Chair of Council in May 2023, after serving for five years on the University of Sussex Council including a year as Vice-Chair.

Photo of Independent Member of Council (Rosemary Martin)

Rosemary retired from her role as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Vodafone Group Plc, the multinational telecommunications company, in March 2023. At Vodafone, Rosemary was responsible for the legal, compliance and secretariat functions and managing legal risk. Prior to joining Vodafone, Rosemary served as general counsel for Reuters for more than a decade and earlier spent 14 years at legacy firm Rowe & Maw, where she began her legal career in 1981 and later made partner.

Rosemary has also undertaken a series of non-executive roles including as an Independent Non-Executive of EY, the international accounting firm, and as a trustee of Lloyd’s Register Foundation which supports engineering-related research, training and education. Her previous non-executive roles included directorships at HSBC Bank Plc and the Legal Services Board and advisory board positions in the health and financial services sectors. In addition to an abiding interest in the challenges of managing legal risk across diverse jurisdictions, Rosemary is engaged in promoting innovation and diversity in the legal profession.

Rosemary graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in Philosophy with Literature and has an MBA in Legal Practice.