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University Management and 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 Ordinances) provide a broad framework for the legal structure and governance of the University.

The University Council

The Council is the supreme governing body of the University as set out in the University Charter and is responsible for the exercise of the University’s powers. The functions of the Council include:

  • the custody and use of the Common Seal;
  • the oversight of the management and administration of the revenue and property of the University; and
  • oversight of the conduct of the affairs of the University.

The Council’s membership is set out in the Charter and consists of:

  • Up to twelve persons external to the University, including the Chair and up to two Pro-Chancellors (“Independent Members”);
  • Two members of the Senate.
  • One member nominated by the Academic Staff.
  • One member nominated by Non-academic staff.
  • The Vice-Chancellor.
  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
  • The President of the Students’ Union.
  • One other elected officer of the Students’ Union appointed by the executive of that organisation.


The Council’s membership for the 2020-2021 academic year is as follows:

Independent Members of Council

(Click on names for Biographical Details)

Ex-Officio members of the Council

Appointed by Senate:

Appointed by Academic Staff

Appointed by Non-academic Staff

  • Mr Tudur Williams

Secretary to Council

  • Mrs Gwenan Hine

The role of the Council

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 of the University which is undertaken by the Executive. The Council’s 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
  • Welsh Language Strategy Committee
  • Health and Safety Committee
  • Nominations & Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Finance & Strategy Committee

Further information about governance is contained in the Council Guide for members. Individuals who are interested in being considered for membership of the Council or its sub-committees should contact the Secretary to the Council, Mrs Gwenan Hine, Head of Governance and Compliance. Council membership carries no remuneration, but the University pays reasonable travel and related expenses.

The Court

The Court is the stakeholder group for Bangor University, and provides a forum in which members of the community can interact with the University. The Pro-Chancellor Professor Gareth Roberts presides over the meeting, which includes representatives from local authorities, members of parliament and members of the Senedd, the local health board, university alumni representatives, as well as other key stakeholders. The Court meets at least once a year.

For further information on the Court please contact Mrs Gwenan Hine, Head of Governance and Compliance.

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 Iwan Davies, is the Head of the University. He Chairs the University Executive which comprises:

Professor Oliver Turnbull
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Dr Kevin Mundy
Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary
Professor Nichola Callow
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Human Sciences
Professor Andrew Edwards
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Arts, Humanities and Business
Professor Paul Spencer
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Mr Robert Eastwood
Interim Director of Finance
Mrs Tracy Hibbert
Director of Human Resources
Ms Lorraine Westwood
Chief Marketing Officer/Vice-President International

Secretary to the Executive: Mrs Gwenan Hine, Head of Governance and Compliance