Aberystwyth University welcomes new Council members

The three new independent members of the Council from left to right: Rhuannedd Richards, Dr William Williams and Kate Eden

The three new independent members of the Council from left to right: Rhuannedd Richards, Dr William Williams and Kate Eden

20 August 2020

Aberystwyth University has welcomed three new independent members to sit on the University’s governing body.

Kate Eden, Rhuanedd Richards and Dr William Williams have joined the University’s Council and took up their posts on 1 August 2020, serving for an initial period of four years.

Chaired by Dr Emyr Roberts, the UniversityCouncil has a majority of independent members who are drawn from the private and public sectors to bring a range of experience and professional expertise to the governance of the University. The new appointments are:

Kate Eden is a non-executive director who has over fifteen years of experience at senior management level both in the UK and internationally. She has been the Vice Chair of Public Health Wales for the past two years. She is also a board member and trustee of Arts Council for Wales, and chairs their Audit Committee.

Rhuanedd Richards is the Editor of BBC Radio Cymru and Cymru Fyw. She has been a special advisor to the Welsh Government, chief executive of Plaid Cymru and served as a policy advisor to the Senedd’s Llywydd.

Dr William Williams is the CEO of Alacrity Foundation and is responsible for the strategic and operational development of the foundation. Previously, he has spent over twenty years as an academic and academic manager, focusing on postgraduate education.

Welcoming the appointments, Chair of Council Dr Emyr Roberts said: “I would like to congratulate these new appointments that bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Council. I am delighted to appoint members of this calibre and I look forward to working with them for the benefit of the University. I would also like to thank Anne Davies, Richard John and Ian MacEachern who recently left the Council and Robert Williams who is leaving the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee for their tireless work over the years.”

In addition to the three new Council members there are also three new appointments to the sub-committees:

Owen Evans, the Chief Executive of S4C, joins the Resources and Performance Committee. 

Senior family lawyer Melanie Hamer of Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice joins the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee.

Sharron Lusher, former Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire College, joins the Governance and Compliance Committee. 

The Council is the supreme governing body of the University and is responsible for determining the University’s strategic direction as well as the conduct of the University’s financial, administrative and other affairs, in accordance with its objectives.