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Independent Members of Council

Mrs Marian Wyn Jones – Chair of CouncilMarian Wyn Jones

Mrs Marian Wyn Jones is an award-winning journalist & documentary filmmaker who had an extensive career at the BBC before developing a career as a Non-Executive Director at the highest level of public life, including the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Arts Council of Wales, where she is Vice-Chair. She has also served on the governing bodies of several other charities and education establishments. She has previously served as a member of the Council, and as a result has a deep understanding of the University and the challenges facing the higher education sector.

A fluent Welsh speaker, Marian was raised in mid Wales and educated at Aberystwyth and London. She has lived in North Wales for over 30 years. Her interests include music and theatre, and she enjoys walking the Welsh countryside as well supporting the Wales football team.

Marian is a member of the following committees:

  • Nominations & Governance Committee (Chair),
  • Remuneration Committee,
  • Finance & Strategy Committee

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Professor Gareth Roberts: Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of CouncilDr Gareth Roberts

Professor Gareth Ffowc Roberts was Principal of Coleg Normal Bangor (1994-96), thereafter Pro Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University (1996-2005) where he was Professor of Education (2000-2005) and is now an Emeritus Professor at the University.

He has specialised in mathematics education with a particular emphasis on bilingual education. He worked as Mathematics Adviser to Gwynedd County Council before being appointed to Coleg Normal Bangor.

He has contributed extensively to the popularisation of mathematics, in articles and books and in the media. In 2010 he was awarded the Science and Technology Medal by the National Eisteddfod for his contributions to mathematics. At the Eisteddfod in Wrexham in 2011, he was accepted as a member of the Assembly of Bards. In 2016 he was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW).  He is currently editor of ‘Scientists of Wales’, published by the University of Wales Press, a series that celebrates the role of science and technology in Welsh history.

He has continued to be extremely supportive of the University both internally and within the wider community.

Gareth is a member of the following committees:

  • Health & Safety Committee (Chair),
  • Pwyllgor Strategol y Gymraeg (Joint Chair),
  • Audit & Risk Committee

Dr Tomos Dafydd DaviesDr Tomos Dafydd

Dr Tomos Dafydd Davies is a former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Wales. He is a Director of a major PR firm based in London, having previously worked in the Civil Service and academia. Dr Davies is a Welsh speaker and a graduate of Aberystwyth University. He is a Trustee of the London Welsh Centre.

Tomos is a member of the following committees:

  • Pwyllgor Strategol y Gymraeg

Dr Griff JonesDr Griff Jones

Dr Griff Jones is a biochemist who, until his retirement, was a senior manager at the Peboc site of Eastman Chemicals in Llangefni. He was Chair of the governing body of Coleg Menai from 2009–2012 and is now Vice-Chair of Grwp Llandrillo-Menai.
Griff is a member of the following committees:

  • Audit & Risk Committee (Chair)

Dr Karen JonesDr Karen Jones

Dr Karen Jones is a former Marketing Director and Vice-President of BAE Systems, who trained as a microbiologist at University College Hospital, London. She has worked for British Aerospace, bioMerieux and Medeva plc. She has experience of implementing educational, cultural and technological programmes in various parts of the world.

Karen is a member of the following committees:

  • Ethics Committee

Mr Marc P. JonesMarc Proudlove Jones

Mr Marc Proudlove Jones was raised on, and is now managing, the family farm at Mathrafal, Meifod, which hosted the National Eisteddfod in 2003 and 2015. He is a former investment banker with a 30-year career with JP Morgan and RBS. He has extensive international experience across Europe and the Far East, including nine years in Hong Kong. Marc is now focused on business development as a Non-Executive Director or Advisor.

Marc is a member of the following committees:

  • Finance & Strategy Committee,
  • Remuneration Committee

Vice Admiral Sir Paul LambertSir Paul Lambert

Vice Admiral Sir Paul Lambert has strategic, financial and leadership skills which have been gained in a series of high-profile roles and appointments in Whitehall and the Charitable Sector. He is currently Secretary General of St John International and was previously Deputy Chief Defence Staff (Capability), responsible for equipment and support budget of £14bn and providing independent advice to Ministers. He was Knighted in 2012 and is committed to lifelong learning. He has extensive international experience.

Paul is a member of the following committees:

  • Finance & Strategy Committee (Chair),
  • Remuneration Committee

Mrs Alison Lea-WilsonMrs Alison Lea-Wilson

Mrs Alison Lea-Wilson is founder of the Anglesey Sea Zoo and Director of Halen Mon. She is a Bangor University graduate and an Honorary Fellow of the University.

Alison is a member of the following committees:

  • Audit & Risk Committee,
  • Nominations & Governance Committee

Ms Ellen Parry WilliamsMs Ellen Parry Williams

Ms Ellen Parry Williams is a graduate of the Welsh department and was employed in the University as a Librarian from 1971 to 2005. She was also Warden of Neuadd Rathbone (1993–2001) and of Neuadd Rathbone and Neuadd John Morris-Jones (2001–2003).

Ellen is a member of the following committees:

  • Audit & Risk Committee,
  • Health & Safety Committee,


Ms Julie Perkins

Ms Julie Perkins is a Bangor alumna and is Digital Workplace Director at Lloyds Banking Group. She is an IT professional, experienced in change delivery, embedding transformational change and is passionate about championing diversity.

Julie is a member of the following committees:

  • Finance & Strategy Committee, 
  • Nominations & Governance Committee,
  • Remuneration Committee

Dr Ian Rees

Dr Rees is a former Principal of Coleg Menai and Senior Director with responsibility for External Affairs with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. Prior to this he was Principal/Chief Executive of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Head of Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Over the years he has also been a director of a number of bodies, including Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Centre, Fforwm and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. He has also been a member of ELWa’s Mid Wales Regional Committee.

Between 2006 and 2012 he was a member of the Arts Council of Wales. He was Vice-Chair of the Council, and chair of the Audit & Risk Committee between 2009 and 2012.

Between 2012 and 2015 Ian chaired the Welsh Language Commissioner's Advisory Panel and in 2018 he was appointed as chair of the Commissioner's Audit and Risk Committee.

Ian is a member of the following committees:

  • Audit & Risk Committee,
  • Nominations & Governance Committee,
  • Redundancy Committee (Chair)

Two Members of Senate

One member nominated by Academic Staff

One member nominated by Non-academic Staff

  • Mr Tudur Williams

The Vice-Chancellor

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor

The President of the Students’ Union

The President of Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Bangor (UMCB)

Secretary to the Council