Honorary Officers

In accordance with the Charter and Statutes, Aberystwyth University appoints a number of Honorary Officers.

Our current Honorary Officers are:

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The Right Honourable Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd (until 31 December 2024)

  • Born in Carmarthen, Roger John Laugharne Thomas grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in Ystradgynlais.
  • Lord Thomas was appointed a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales in 1996 and was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and to the Commercial Court.
  • Lord Thomas is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and a Fellow of Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff University and Swansea University and an Honorary Doctor of Law of Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales, the University of Wales and the University of the West of England


Professor Dame Elan Closs Stephens (until 31 December 2025)

  • Prof Dame Elan Closs Stephens was educated at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle in Gwynedd and Somerville College Oxford. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Wales and the University of South Wales. She was High Sheriff of Dyfed 2011–12 and now serves as a Deputy Lieutenant for the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
  • Prof Dame Elan Closs Stephens is an experienced director who has spent a career in broadcasting, governance and academia. She is a Non-Executive Director of the main Board of the BBC and its Member for Wales. Since April 2019, she is Chair of the BBC’s commercial holdings worldwide. She is also the Electoral Commissioner for Wales.
  • Prof Dame Elan Closs Stephens knows and supports the University. She has been a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Professor and Director of External Relations for the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. She has forged valuable links for the institution as well as supporting a large number of graduates who are now prominent in the cultural life of Wales and beyond.

The Right Honourable Elfyn Llwyd LLB (until 31 July 2024)

  • Born in Betws y Coed in 1951, Elfyn Llwyd MP was raised in Llanrwst and later went to University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Chester Law College. Before being elected, he worked as a solicitor and was called to the bar as a barrister in 1997.
  • Elfyn Llwyd has been a Member of Parliament since 1992, representing Meirionnydd Nant Conwy in the House of Commons from 1992 to 2010 and Dwyfor Meirionnydd since 2010. Llwyd is Plaid Cymru's Westminster parliamentary group leader. His main political interests are home affairs, transport and agriculture. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 09 February 2011.
  • A fluent Welsh and English speaker, Elfyn Llwyd is married to Welsh folk singer Eleri Llwyd and they have two children. His hobbies include pigeon breeding, reading, travelling and rugby.
  • Council member between 2015 and 2021.