Lay members of the Council
Marian Wyn Jones – Chair of Council
Marian Wyn Jones is an award-winning journalist & documentary filmmaker, Marian 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 where she chairs the Finance and Performance Committee, and Arts Council 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, 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.
Dr Tomos Dafydd
Until recently, Dr Tomos Dafydd, was a Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Wales, he is now working in the City. He has previous experience in the Civil Service and the BBC. Dr Dafydd is a Welsh speaker and graduate and lecturer at Aberystwyth University.
Professor Gillian Davies
Professor Gillian Davies is a specialist in international intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on the international conventions governing patent law and copyright and related rights as a result of many years experience gained working for WIPO, Geneva, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), London, and the European Patent Office (EPO), (Munich). Her expertise extends also to EU legislation on patents, copyright and related rights. Former Chairman of a technical board of appeal and permanent member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO).
Dr Peter Higson
Dr Higson began his career in the health sector as tutor on the North Wales Clinical Training Course at Bangor University in the mid 1980’s before being appointed Course Co-Director in 1987 and Course Director in 1989.
He was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Clwydian Trust in 1993 where he remained until he joined the North Wales Health Authority as Director of Patient Care in 1998.
In May 2004 he was appointed as the Chief Executive of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW), having had a two-year secondment to ELWa, the Welsh Assembly sponsored public body in charge of post-16 education and training in Wales.
He is Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
Dr 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. He has served on the University’s Audit & Risk Committee for a number of years.
Dr Karen Jones
Former Marketing Director and Vice-President of BAE Systems. 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.
Marc Proudlove Jones
Mr Marc Proudlove Jones was raised on, and is now managing, the family farm in Mathrafal, Meifod which hosted the National Eisteddfod in 2003 and 2015. He is an investment banker with a 30-year career with JPMorgan and RBS. He has extensive international experience across Europe and the Far East, including 9 years in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Keble College Oxford.
Vice Admiral Sir 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.
Mrs Alison Lea-Wilson
Mrs Alison Lea-Wilson is founder of the Anglesey Sea Zoo and Director of Halen Mon. She is a Bangor graduate and has recently been made an Honorary Fellow of the University.
Ms Julie Perkins is a Bangor Alumnus and is Director of Systems at the Lloyds Banking Group. She is an IT professional, experienced in programme management and transformational change and is passionate about championing diversity.
Professor Graham Upton
Professor Graham Upton has had an academic career in Educational Psychology at Cardiff and Birmingham Universities, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, and most recently interim Vice-Chancellor of Glyndwr University. He has extensive Board level experience in both education and the private sector and he has had visiting appointments and consultancies with Universities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He has a strong desire to retain links with Higher Education in Wales.
Mr David Williams (Treasurer)
David Williams is former Area Director for HSBC Bank in North Wales. He currently holds a number of non-executive directorships. David is Treasurer of Bangor University. He Chairs the Resources Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Bangor Business School. He is also a non-executive director of the Management Development Centre Ltd. Amongst activities outside the University, David is Chairman of the North Wales Business Club and a member of the Board of Coleg Llandrillo FE college.
Ms Ellen Parry Williams
Ellen Parry Williams represents the Old Students’ Association on the Council. A graduate of the Welsh department, she 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).
Dr Olwen Williams
Dr Olwen Williams is Chief of Staff (Primary Community & Specialist Medicine Clinical Programme Group) and Consultant Physician in Genitourinary Medicine at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the University.
Professor Gareth Roberts
Gareth Ffowc Roberts was Principal of Coleg Normal Bangor (1994-96), thereafter pro Vice-Chancellor (1996-2005) and Professor of Education (2000-2005) at Bangor University and is now 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 on 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.