The Council is “the supreme governing body of the University” and is responsible for “determining the University’s strategic direction and for the conduct of the University’s financial, administrative and other affairs, in accordance with its objects”. It has the custody and regulates the use of the University’s common seal.

The Council’s constitution, powers and functions are provided by Ordinance.


Council Membership

For the 2019 - 2020 academic year, membership of Aberystwyth University's Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members


Chair of Council
Dr Emyr Roberts BA PhD (until 31 December 2020)

  • Emyr was the first Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, leading the transition from the previous three legacy bodies into a single organisation with wide responsibilities to manage the natural resources and environmental of Wales sustainably.
  • Prior to this, he was a senior civil servant within the Welsh Government, managing a number of portfolios; his last posts were Director General for Local Government and Public Service Delivery, and Director General for Education and Skills.
  • Emyr became a Fellow of Aberystwyth University in July 2014; he is also a Trustee of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Member of the following committees:
Governance and Compliance
Resources and Performance


Deputy Chair of Council
The Right Honourable Elfyn Llwyd LLB (until 31 July 2021)

  • 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.

Member of the following committees:
Governance and Compliance
Resources and Performance
Remuneration (Chair)


Professor Elizabeth Treasure PhD BDS FRACDS FDSRCS FFPH

  • Professor Treasure holds a BDS in Dental Surgery and a PhD from the University of Birmingham
  • She was awarded the British Dental Association's John Tomes Medal for scientific eminence and outstanding service to the profession in 2006 and a FDSRCPS (special) in 2011.
  • Following a range of clinical roles in the National Health Service between 1980 and 1990, Professor Treasure moved to New Zealand where she concurrently held the roles of Public Health Dentist and Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, at the University of Otago

Member of the following committees:
Governance and Compliance
Resources and Performance

Deputy Vice-Chancellor or Pro Vice-Chancellor
Professor Tim Woods BA MA PhD

  • The son of a diamond physicist and an artist-designer, Professor Tim Woods emigrated to the UK from South Africa in the late 1970s with his parents and two brothers.
  • After completing his BA, MA and PhD degrees in English Literature at the universities of Bristol and Southampton, and a brief spell as a temporary lecturer at the University of Winchester, he was first appointed Lecturer in English Literature and American Studies at Aberystwyth University in 1990.
  • He was subsequently awarded a personal chair in 2003 and appointed Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing between 2002-2007.


Independent Members


Mr George Ashworth BSc Econ AICB FHD MBA (until 31 July 2021)

  • A finance business start-up and development specialist;  
  • Association Prize winner for Finance Houses Diploma in 1979;
  • MBA in Corporate Finance with Distinction from Middlesex University.

Member of the following committees:
Audit, Risk and Assurance (Chair)
Investments (Chair)

Samantha Blackie (until 31 July 2021)

  • Corporate HR Director having held senior positions with the Royal London Group, the UK’s largest mutual life insurance and pensions group, and Lloyds Banking Group
  • Trustee of UK charity Meningitis Now

Member of the following committees:
Governance and Compliance


Ms Anne Davies LLB (until 31 July 2020)

  • Solicitor since 1991 in England and Wales, and since 2013 in the British Virgin Islands;
  • Specialises in business crime – financial, health and safety, and the environment

Member of the following committee:
Governance and Compliance (Chair)


Ms Meri Huws (until 30 April 2022)

  • Until April 2019, Meri was the Welsh Language Commissioner, a role which she held from April 2012. She was Chairman of the Welsh Language Board from 2004 until the Board was abolished in March 2012.
  • An AU graduate in Law and Politics, she previously was a Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity St David and Bangor University.

Member of the following committees:
Governance and Compliance
Resources and Performance


Mr Richard John LLB (until 31 July 2020)

  • Richard was born and brought up in Aberystwyth, attending Ardwyn Grammar School and Penglais Comprehensive School where he was head boy in his final year. He graduated in law at Southampton University in 1981 and, after passing his solicitors’ exams, undertook articles with Parry’s & Baillie in Chatham, Kent.
  • Richard became a solicitor in June 1985 and returned to Aberystwyth as an associate solicitor with W A Bowen & Griffiths. In 1987 he joined Alun Thomas and became a partner in 1989. Richard’s legal background is in litigation. However, in recent years, he has specialized in residential and commercial conveyancing for individuals and companies.
  • Richard’s main interests are keeping fit, playing football and music

Member of the following committees:
Governance and Compliance
Redundancy (Chair)

Mr Ian MacEachern OBE MBA MSc BSc BA CDipAF CDipCG CEng CMgr CITP FCIPD FCMI MBCS (until 31 July 2020)

  • Following undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mathematics and numerical analysis at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and Dundee University respectively, Ian worked at Scottish Widows Fund & Life Assurance Society in Edinburgh and then Dingwall Academy in the Scottish Highlands prior to being awarded a commission in the Royal Air Force in 1978.
  • His RAF career embraced a broad spectrum of director-level roles including HR, finance, strategic business planning, marketing and the management of major transformational programmes. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List of 1994. On retirement from the RAF, Ian spent four years as a senior civil servant at HM Land Registry.
  • Currently, in addition to his Council role, Ian is a Director of Aberystwyth University (Mauritius Branch Campus) and a non-executive member of the Advisory Board to the Awards Recognition Bureau.

Member of the following committees:
Audit, Risk and Assurance
Resources and Performance

Ms Fiona Sharp (until 30 April 2022)

  • Until February 2018, Fiona was Group Finance Director of Chime Communications Group, an international communications and sports marketing group.
  • Since 01 August 2018, Fiona has been a member of the University’s Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee.

Member of the following committees:
Resources and Performance (Chair)


Mark Tweed (until 31 December 2022)

  • Mark is currently Group Chief Financial Officer, Director and Head of Legal at Propel Finance. Previously, he was Deputy CFO & Interim Head of Legal for Opel Vauxhall Finance (OVF).
  • A graduate in Industrial Chemistry from Cardiff University, Mark is also an independent Board Member of the Welsh Sports Association.
  • Prior to becoming a member of the University’s Council, he served as an independent member on the Resources and Performance, and Investments committees.

Member of the following committees:
Audit, Risk and Assurance


Professor Sir Robin Williams FRS (until 31 July 2021)

  • Former Vice Chancellor of Swansea University.
  • Has been a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales from August 2009 to 31 July 2018 and chaired its Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to higher education.

Member of the following committee:
Resources and Performance



Student Members


Mr Dhan Ramnatsing, Union President (until 30 June 2020)

Member of the following committee:
Governance and Compliance
Resources and Performance


Mr Tomos Ifan, UMCA President (until 30 June 2020)

Member of the following committee:
Governance and Compliance



Senate Members


Dr Hazel Davey (until 31 July 2020)

  • Senior lecturer in Microbiology and Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies in the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.
  • Microbiologist, specialising in the heterogeneous response of cells to environmental stress. Funded by BBSRC and KESS to investigate the impact of brewery-related stress on beer production.
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and scheme coordinator for undergraduate microbiology programmes at Aberystwyth University.

Member of the following committee:
Governance and Compliance

Professor Reyer Zwiggelaar (until 30 July 2020)

  • Reyer was born in The Netherlands and moved to the UK to obtain a PhD at UCL in 1993. Since then he has concentrated on research and the provision of postgraduate teaching. His research (group) concentrates on biometrics and the analysis of cancer in medical images, especially breast and prostate cancer. Initially he concentrated on postgraduate research (PhD/MPhil/MRes) students, but as Head of the Graduate School he is also responsible for the taught postgraduate (Masters/etc.) students.
  • He has published over 250 papers, won research awards totalling over £4m, and is an Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and Associate Editor of Pattern Recognition. He is the Director of Research for IMPACS.
  • Reyer is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the following committee:
Resources and Performance



Non-academic Staff Member


Ms Kath Wiliams (until 30 July 2020)

  • A graduate of the Open University, Kath joined the University in 1999 having previously held the role of Tutor Services Administrator at the OU in Wales.
  • Appointed to the role of Departmental Administrator in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies in 1999, and subsequently, Departmental Manager in TFTS.
  • Appointed to the role of Institute Manager of Arts and Humanities in 2013 (formerly the Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts).

Member of the following committee:


Council Member Handbook

To assist members with their work on Aberystwyth University’s Council, the University Secretary has produced a handbook brininging together key information from a number of sources. This document is continually updated as necessary, with the latest version always available via this web page.

Council Member Handbook

Council Agendas and Minutes

The minutes of each Council meeting are published on this page once they have been approved as a correct record of the meeting, usually at the next Council meeting.

Session 2019/2020

10 July 2020 Agenda Minutes
27 April 2020 Agenda Minutes
14 February 2020 Agenda Minutes
25 November 2019 Agenda Minutes
11 October 2019 Agenda Minutes

Session 2018/2019

28 June 2019 Agenda Minutes
12 April 2019 Agenda Minutes
08 February 2019 Agenda Minutes
26 November 2018 Agenda Minutes
21 September 2018 Agenda Minutes

Session 2017/2018

06 July 2018 Agenda Minutes
18 May 2018 Agenda Minutes
23 March 2018 Agenda Minutes
27 November 2017 Agenda Minutes
04 October 2017 Agenda Minutes

Session 2016/2017

23 June 2017 Agenda Minutes
26 April 2017 Agenda Minutes
07 April 2017 Agenda Minutes
17 February 2017 Agenda Minutes
29 November 2016 Agenda Minutes
18 October 2016 Agenda Minutes

Session 2015/2016

29 June 2016 Agenda Minutes
11 May 2016 Agenda Minutes
26 February 2016 Agenda Minutes
04 December 2015 Agenda Minutes
23 October 2015 Agenda Minutes



Register of Interests

The University Secretary, as Clerk to the Council, maintains a register of interests declared by members of the Council and its committees. The register consists of information provided by each member and a summary version is available for consultation by the public. While the register will be refreshed on an annual basis, Council members are encouraged to inform the Clerk at the earliest possible opportunity should there be a substantial change to their interests over the course of the year.

Summary Register of Interests


Aberystwyth University is aware of the importance of ensuring that a wide variety of skills, expertise and perspectives are represented by the lay membership of Council and its committees.

As a minimum, any vacancies for Independent Members on Council or its sub-committees are advertised on this page. Suitably qualified individuals are encouraged to send expressions of interest to the .

Current Vacancies

The Council is seeking to identify three new independent members of Council from diverse backgrounds with an interest and insight into the issues facing higher education. The independent members will bring thoughtful and mature contribution to governing body meetings and be principled yet innovative. A willingness to be challenging but constructive and a strong strategic focus are essential for these roles.

We are seeking a broad range of expertise including:

  • marketing and branding;
  • fundraising;
  • finance and investments;
  • higher education (particularly research and innovation);
  • business development;
  • estates management;
  • law and risk management (for the vacancy to serve on the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee).

In addition to serving on the governing body, Independent Members are also expected to additionally serve on one or more of the Council’s sub-committees. The role will therefore require a time commitment of 1 to 2 days per month and is not remunerated.

For further information or to apply please visit For a confidential conversation please contact The closing date for applications, which should be in the form of a brief CV and cover letter and emailed to by 17th April 2020. Shortlisting of applicants will take place on 19th May 2020 and interviews will take place 1st June 2020.

The University is an equal opportunities employer, and particularly keen to encourage applications from candidates coming from a diverse range of backgrounds.


Candidate Information Pack