Committee description

Council is the University’s governing body, and has ultimate responsibility for the management of the University, its status as a body in receipt of public funds, and its status as an exempt Charity. It has a membership of 21, including, senior managers, representatives of Senate and the Professional Services, the President of the Guild of Students, and a majority of lay members (who are neither employees nor students of the University).

The President of Council is drawn from the lay membership and chairs its meetings. The current President of Council is Mrs Carmel Booth.

Council has four business meetings a year, and two Away Days. 

Primary responsibilities

Council’s powers and duties are detailed in Statute 9 of the University’s Statutory Framework.

Members or key people

Clerk to the Council: Mr K Ryan

Ex Officio Members

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Janet Beer, BA, MA, PhD
*The Senior Professional Services Representative with Responsibility for People and Infrastructure Dr Carol Costello, MA, EdD, FCIPD
Two of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors
Professor Gavin Brown, BSc, PhD
Professor Anthony Hollander, BSc, PhD
The President of the Guild of Students Mr Bertie Woodcock

Twelve Lay Members (including the President and Vice-President of the Council) appointed by the Council

Ms Cilla Ankrah-Lucas, CQSW (2019-2022)

Mrs Carmel Booth, BA, FCA (2020-2023) (President)

Ms Fiona Cullen, BA (2020-2023)

Mr Ed Fishwick, BA (2020-2023)
Dr Kashmir Gill, PEng, PhD (2020-2023)
Ms Vanessa Griffiths, MA (2020-2023)
Dr Paul Johnson, BSc, PhD (2020-2023) (Vice-President)
Mrs Helen Miller BA, CIPD (2021-2024)
Mr Norman Molyneux MA, FCMA (2021-2024)
Dr Roger Platt, BSc, PhD, MA, PhD (2020-2023)
Mr Hans van Mourik Broekman, MA (2019-2022)
Dr Diana Walford, CBE, MA, MD, BSc, MSc, FRCP, FRCPath, FFPH (2019-2022)

Three members of the Senate, two appointed by the Council on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee and one elected from and by Senate’s elected membership

Professor Julia Balogun, BSc, PhD, MBA (appointed 2021-2024)
Professor Hazel Scott, MBChB, MD, FRCP, PFHEA (appointed 2019-2022)
Professor Thomas Teubner, Dr. rer. nat. (elected 2020-2023)

One member of the Professional Services Staff appointed by the Council on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee

Mr Kieran O'Sullivan, BA (appointed 2021-2024)

In Attendance:

Ms Nicola Davies, Director of Finance

* This amendment to the constitution is subject to Privy Council approval

Meeting dates

Dates for the 2021-22 session are as follows:

  • 7 October 2021, Away Day
  • 25 November 2021, 2.00 pm
  • 10 February 2022, 2.00 pm
  • 7 April 2022, Away Day
  • 26 May 2022, 2.00 pm
  • 14 July 2022, 2.00 pm

A full schedule of Committee meeting dates can be viewed here.



You can download the minutes of our Council's recent business meetings below:

Please note that minutes of meetings are not published online until they have been formally approved by the Committee at its next meeting.