Council Membership

For the 2018 - 2019 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 has been Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales since its creation in April 2013, leading the transition and transformation from the previous three legacy bodies into a single organisation with wide responsibilities to manage the natural resources and environment 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 was made a Fellow of Aberystwyth University in July 2014; he is also a Trustee of the Alzheimer’s Society.



Deputy Chair of Council
Miss Gwerfyl Pierce Jones MA (until 31 December 2019)

  • Gwerfyl Pierce Jones was born in Holyhead, Anglesey and was educated at Holyhead Secondary School and the University of North Wales, Bangor. She began her career as a lecturer in the Welsh Department at St David's University College, Lampeter.
  • She subsequently held posts in arts administration with the Welsh Arts Council, the Academi and the Welsh Books Council. She served as Director and chief executive of the Welsh Books Council from 1987 until her retirement in 2009.
  • She has served on numerous boards and committees, including the the British Council (Wales Committee), the National Library of Wales and the Welsh Language Board. She is the Chairman of the James Pantyfedwen Trust and chair of its Examining Committee. Gwerfyl is also chair of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. She became a Fellow of the University of Wales Lampeter in 2008.

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

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.

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

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



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


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.

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.

Professor Robin Williams CBE, 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.


Student Members


Mr Bruce Wight, Union President (until 30 June 2019)


Anna Wyn Jones, UMCA President (until 30 June 2019)




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.


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.


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).

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.