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 The Earl of Derby, DL.

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 Mrs Carol Costello, MA, 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 Adnan Hussain, BA

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 (2019-2022) (Vice-President)

Mr Sam Butler, BA, PgDip, MSc (2017-2020)

The Earl of Derby, DL (2017-2020) (President)
Mr Ed Fishwick, BA (2017-2020)
Dr Paul Johnson, BSc, PhD (2017-2020)
Mrs Helen Miller BA, CIPD (2018-2021)
Mr Norman Molyneux MA, FCMA (2018-2021)
Dr Roger Platt, BSc, PhD, MA, PhD (2017-2020)
Dr Andrew Scott, MA, DPhil (2017-2020)
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 2018-2021)
Professor Bruce Gibson, MA, DPhil (elected 2017-2020)
Professor Hazel Scott, MBChB, MD, FRCP, PFHEA (appointed 2019-2022)

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

Mr Kieran O'Sullivan, BA (appointed 2018-2021)

In Attendance:

Ms Nicola Davies, Director of Finance

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

Meeting dates

Dates for the 2019-20 session are as follows:

  • 15 October 2019, Away Day
  • 20 November 2019, 2.00 pm
  • 5 February 2020, 2.00 pm
  • 1 April 2020, Away Day
  • 20 May 2020, 2.00 pm
  • 7 July 2020, 2.00pm

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


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