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University Management & Governance

The University is incorporated by a Royal Charter, first granted in 1885, and subsequently re-written and revised on several occasions. The Charter (and supporting Statutes and Ordinances) provide a broad framework for the legal structure and governance of the University.


Under the Charter and Statutes, the Council is the governing body of the University. It currently has around 30 members, the majority of which are lay members. The current Chair of Council is Lord Elis-Thomas AM.

Lay Members of Council

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Interim Chair: Dr. Alwyn Roberts BA, LLB, MA
Pro-Chancellor: Dr. Alwyn Roberts BA, LLB, MA
Treasurer: Mr. David W. Williams MBE
Deputy Chair:  
Dr Tomos Dafydd
Professor Gillian Davies
Dr Peter Higson OBE
Dr Griff Jones
Dr Karen Jones
Mr Marc Proudlove Jones
Vice-Admiral Sir Paul Lambert
Mrs Alison Lea-Wilson
Ms Julie Perkins
Professor Gareth Roberts
Professor Graham Upton
Mr David W. Williams
Ms Ellen Parry Williams
Dr Olwen E Williams OBE

Ex Officio members of the Council

Professor John Hughes (Vice-Chancellor)
Professor David Shepherd (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
Professor Jerry Hunter (Pro Vice-Chancellor)
Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone (Pro Vice-Chancellor)
Professor Carol Tully (Pro Vice-Chancellor)
Professor Oliver Turnbull (Pro Vice-Chancellor)
Ruth Plant (President, Students’ Union)
Mirain Llwyd (President, Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Bangor)

Appointed by Senate:

Professor Paul Spencer
Professor Andrew Edwards

Appointed by Academic Staff:

Dr Lorrie Murphy

Appointed by Support Staff:

Mrs Stephanie Barbaresi

University Secretary

Dr Kevin Mundy

The principal role of the Council is to set the general strategy, policy and direction of the University. There is a clear boundary between ‘governance’ and ‘management’ and members of Council will not be involved in day-to-day executive management. Its role is set out in an agreed Statement of Primary Responsibilites. Information on Council sub-committees and on the conduct of Council business is available in the Guide for Members of the Council.

The Council has a small number of sub-committees to assist members to discharge their functions as governors.

  • Audit & Risk Committee
  • Bilingualism Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Health and Safety Committee
  • Nominations & Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Finance & Resources Committee

The Court is a much larger body, including representatives of local authorities, members of parliament and other professions, and it provides a forum in which members of the community can interact with the University. The Chancellor of the University, The Rt.Hon. Lord Elis-Thomas AM, chairs an annual meeting of the Court.

Further information about governance is contained in the Council Guide for members. Individuals who are interested in being considered for membership of the Council should contact the Secretary, Dr Kevin Mundy, Planning & Governance Office. Council membership carries no remuneration, but the University pays reasonable travel and related expenses.

Management – The Executive

The Executive is the University’s senior management group, and is responsible for the overall management and administration of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Hughes, is the head and chief officer of the University. He Chairs the University Executive which comprises:

Role Name Link
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor David Shepherd Research and Enterprise Office
4 Pro Vice-Chancellors:
Welsh Medium & Civic Engagement Professor Jerry Hunter
Students Professor Carol Tully
Teaching & Learning Professor Oliver Turnbull
Research and Impact Prof. Jo Rycroft-Malone
3 Deans of Colleges:
Health & Behavioural Sciences Professor Nichola Callow College of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Arts & Humanities Professor Andrew Edwards College of Arts and Humanities
Physical & Applied Sciences Professor Paul Spencer College of Physical and Applied Sciences
Director of Finance Mr Mike Davies Finance Office
Executive Director of Marketing & Communications Mr Frank Fitzmaurice Corporate Communications and Marketing
Director of Human Resources Mrs Tracy Hibbert Human Resources
Director of Planning & Governance Dr Kevin Mundy (Secretary to the Executive) Planning & Resources Office
Executive Director of Development Ms Sheila O’Neal Development and Alumni Relations