Under the Charter and Statutes, the Council is the governing body of the University. The current Chair of Council is The Venerable Randolph Thomas, former Archdeacon of Brecon.
Members of Council
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The Venerable Randolph Thomas was the Archdeacon of Brecon from 2003 until 2013, having previously held the positions of Vicar of Carmarthen (1993- 2003) and Canon of St David’s Cathedral (1996-2003).
He has also served as a Justice of the Peace; Chair of Gwalia Group; Governor of Christ College Brecon; and a non-executive Director of Hywel Dda Health Board. He is a founding member of Cartrefi Cymru Housing Association for people with special needs and the Chair of the Church in Wales Protection Board.
Professor Medwin Hughes is the Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD, a post he has held since the inception of the University. Since 2011 he has also held the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales. He was appointed as Principal of Trinity College Carmarthen in September 2000 and led the institution to the successful bids for taught degree awarding powers and subsequently university college status.
He had previously undertaken lectureships and research roles at Trinity College, Cardiff University and the (then) North East Institute of Higher Education, now Glyndŵr University. He is a former Deputy Chair of the Welsh Language Board and has served on many Advisory Committees of the Welsh Assembly Government and the Council of Europe.
He is a former member of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Board for Wales and is the former chair of Kaleidoscope UK, a charity working with individuals and families involved with the misuse of drugs and alcohol. He was the High Sheriff of Dyfed for 2016-17 and serves as Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Dyfed. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and the Royal Society of Arts.
A science graduate of the University of Wales, Tony Ball is a former high school teacher and deputy head of schools in south Wales.
For ten years he was the Senior Vice Principal (Resources) of Coleg Glan Hafren in Cardiff. He also had a career outside of education as a Commercial Director for Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Director/Operations Manager for CH Bailey and former member of the European Social Fund (ESF) UK Monitoring Committee, roles which provided him with a broad experience of financial and human resources management and project management.
He has been Chair of the UW Press for the last six years, and is a Trustee of the UW Pension Fund. He is a former Welsh Rugby Union Referee and qualified MCC cricket coach.
A graduate of the University of Wales and an alumni of Trinity College Carmarthen, Pam Berry worked initially as a teacher and youth worker before embarking on a thirty-year career as a careers adviser, culminating in her appointment as a Policy Manager for Careers Wales.
Throughout her career she worked with schools, colleges, universities and employers across West Wales and contributed to many national initiatives within the education sector. A senior member of the West Wales Reaching Wider Initiative, and a founder supporter of the Technocamps initiative at Swansea University, she was the Chair of the Swansea 14-19 Network and worked on many local initiatives such as Building Enterprise Education in Swansea.
She has previously served as a school Parent Governor and as a co-opted member of the governing body of Neath Port Talbot College.
A graduate of the University of Wales and a former Student Representative on the University of Wales Council, Andrew Curl is Chief Executive of the EnViva Care group of healthcare companies.
Previous roles have included Director and Vice President of GlaxoSmithKline, where he was responsible for commercial operations and strategy across Europe; Deputy Director General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry; and Chief Executive of Pharma Partners. He has managed businesses in Latin America, Asia and Europe and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
His work with the public sector has included co-chairship with Professor Sir Mike Richards of the triple award winning UK National Oncology Initiative, for which he was the global winner of the 2007 CIO Award for creating business value and technological innovation; founder membership of the Partners Council of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and patron of the British Polio Fellowship under the Royal Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Currently the director of her own consultancy company, Siân Eirian has an extensive background in broadcasting and the creative arts.
She was Head of Children’s Services at S4C between 2007 and 2012, a role that included strategy development, programme commissioning and the establishment of partnerships across Wales and Europe. During that time she launched the ground breaking children’s channel Cyw and a television service for older children and young people.
Prior to this she worked for Urdd Gobaith Cymru for more than twenty years in a range of roles that included Director of the Urdd in North Wales and Director of the Urdd Eisteddfod and the Arts. In 2006 she won the Western Mail accolades of Woman in Arts and Media and Welsh Woman of the Year. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Conwy County National Eisteddfod and has close links with a range of arts organisations across Wales.
A former civil servant, Margaret Evans was the Director for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport with the Welsh Assembly Government, having previously held senior roles in the Welsh Office, Department of Health and Social Security and National Rivers Authority. Her background is in human resources, corporate affairs and governance.
She is a Trustee of the University of Wales Restricted Endowments Trust and her former roles include Trustee of the National Dance Company Wales; Vice Chair of the South Wales Baptist College; Director of The Prince's Trust Volunteers (Wales and the South West of England); and member of the Advisory Committee: Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans.
Eifion Griffiths has a background in Commercial Banking, Economic Development and university administration. He was a senior commercial banker with Lloyds Bank, an Investment analyst with the Welsh Development Agency and Director of Business Services at Swansea University, where he had responsibility for campus redevelopment and reconfiguration, including joint venture projects for student housing, sports facilities and economic development, including Technium developments.
He is currently a Non-Executive Director for Pobl Group, the largest registered social housing developer and provider in Wales, and chairs their commercial division. He is also a Director of Dysgu Cymraeg i Oedolion and a Governor of Coleg Sir Gar. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Hywel Dda Health Board and National Treasurer of Undeb yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg (Union of Welsh Independents).
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An Honorary Fellow of UWTSD, Mark James has over 35 years’ experience in local government and has worked at the heart of the UK Government in Westminster, when he represented the 33 London Boroughs. He also worked for the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Barnet before becoming Chief Executive of Boston County Council in Lincolnshire. He has been Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council since 2002.
In 2007 he won the accolade of ‘Welsh Public Sector Leader of the Year’ and was awarded a CBE in 2012 in recognition of his services to local government in Wales. He has been involved in the work of a number of National Boards, including the 21st Century Schools Board. He is the National Lead on Education in Wales for Solace; Regional Lead Chief Executive for School Improvement in the South West and Mid Wales; Lead Chief Executive for the Swansea Bay City Deal; and an electoral Returning Officer.
Charlie Jones is the Students' Union President at TSDSU Swansea. Her role is to support, represent and inspire students and to make sure that they get the best possible student experience during their time at UWTSD.
She studied BA Education Studies during her time at UWTSD and was former captain of the women football team during her final year as a student. One of her main objectives this year is to ensure students have a greater say in what happens with regards to the student experience and to ensure that they become more engaged with the Students' Union.
Rowland Jones is a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has extensive experience of property and estates-related activities throughout South Wales and has been a director of his own company since 1991.
He has participated in the delivery of major development projects, including the £7m Ethos Project at Swansea Waterfront and the Regional Skills and Learning Partnership, and has been a governor of Gower College, Swansea. He was the High Sheriff of the County of West Glamorgan for 2010-11 and serves as Her Majesty’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the same county.
Eirlys Pritchard Jones is a former secondary school head teacher and the founder of Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda. Since 1997 she has worked extensively as an education adviser, contributing to government and other initiatives, including Tony Blair’s Education Summit ‘Raising Education Standards’ (1997) and the Review of Welsh Government Strategy for Welsh Medium Education (2014-16), which she chaired.
She has held a wide range of appointments on public bodies, including the Welsh Millennium Centre, the Broadcasting Council for Wales and the National Museums and Galleries of Wales. She has also been a school governor and a governor of the University of Glamorgan. She is currently a trustee of the South Wales Baptist College and the Baptist Union of Wales, and an Honorary Professor of Practice at UWTSD.
Arwel Ellis Owen is Chair of Social Care Wales. He is also Chair of the Directors of Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and Chair of the Friends of the Living Room. He joined the BBC on graduating in International Politics from University College Wales, Aberystwyth, and was Editor of News and Current Affairs Wales before being appointed Head of Programmes BBC Northern Ireland.
After winning the first Guardian Research Fellowship at Nuffield College Oxford, he left to establish his own independent media company, Cambrensis Communications. He left the broadcasting and media family business to become the interim CEO of S4C and Vice President of the National Library of Wales. He is a frequent broadcaster on Anglo Irish affairs, an author, a Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of Aberystwyth University.
Educated in Wales, Canada and France, Victoria Provis has an employment background in corporate communications, management consultancy and recruitment consultancy. She has worked for a range of leading, London-based firms, most recently Odgers Berndtson - Executive Search (1995-2011) where she was a partner and also founder Chairman of the firm’s Cardiff office.
She also has extensive experience in both the commercial and public sectors at non-executive director level, having served on a wide range of bodies including the Wales Tourism Advisory Board (a Ministerial appointment), Welsh Water and the Prince’s Trust (Cymru). She is currently a trustee of the National Museum Wales, a council member of the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund and a member of the General Council of UWC Atlantic College (where she was previously a governor and Vice-Chair).
Geraint Roberts has a background in secondary school education. He was head teacher of Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade, Llanelli between 1997-2009 and subsequently worked as Consultant Headteacher in the Education Department at Carmarthenshire County Council, focusing on review and transformational change.
Since 2012 he has worked as an independent consultant on projects that have included school reorganisation, whole-school reviews, school improvement and the development of governance models in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Rhondda Cynon Taf, and strategies for the transformation of secondary education in North Powys.
The editor of two published volumes of poetry and winner of two poetry prizes at the National Eisteddfod, he also contributes to a range of activities that promote the arts. He is currently a member of the central literature committee of the National Eisteddfod and a director of Gofal Celf/Arts Care Carmarthen, a charity providing opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities.
Brought up and educated in Wales, Elizabeth Siberry worked as a civil servant in London: as a departmental HR Director from 2003-08 and Director of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure from 2008-11. She now has a portfolio of public sector and charity Trustee roles, as a Trustee of the National Library of Wales, the Brecknock Society and Brecknock Arts Trust.
She studied history in London and Cambridge and was awarded a PhD in 1982. She continues to write and publish as a historian, working on aspects of medieval history and the history of Brecknockshire and is a member of the editorial Board of the journal Brycheiniog. She was awarded an OBE in 1997.
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Rob Simkins is the elected Group President for Trinity Saint David Students' Union, having graduated from the Carmarthen campus with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Education in July 2017.
He is currently a member of the NUS Wales National Executive Committee and a member of the Quality Assurance Agency's Student Strategic Advisory Committee where he represents the views of the membership on a national and strategic level.
Maria Stedman has an accountancy background and has held senior positions at Dyfed County Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Swansea University. She was Head of CIPFA Wales Cymru for nine years prior to her retirement.
Having undertaking various voluntary roles within CIPFA regional committees, between 1999-2002 she was President CIPFA South Wales & West of England; Co-opted CIPFA Council member; Chair of CIPFA Qualifications Board; Vice-Chair Committee for the Regions; and a member of CIPFA Education & Training Committee.
She has also served as a School Governor and Chair of Governors ay Ysgol y Dderwen, Carmarthen; Treasurer of International Celtic Film Festival; founder board member and treasurer of Dr M’z youth drop-in centre, Carmarthen; and, between 2012-2014, as a lay member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Welsh Language Commissioner.
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A chartered accountant by profession, Alun Thomas returned to Wales after his retirement as a partner in the London office of Coopers & Lybrand, now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He is Chair of Shaw Healthcare Limited, one of the UK leading healthcare companies, and former Trustee and Honorary Treasurer for the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, a charity providing financial assistance to seriously injured former rugby players.
He is also Honorary Treasurer for the Welsh School in London, a position he also held with the University of Wales between 2000 and 2006. He was Chair of the University of Wales Council from 2011 to 2017 having previously served as Treasurer since 2000. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales in 2017.
Appointed by Academic Staff
Tania Davies is a Programme Director within the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education, with responsibility for a range of health-related programmes. She has been a lecturer for over ten years, is an ERSC accredited social researcher and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA.
Her research interests are wellbeing and health, psychopathology and the mental health of those currently and previously serving in the armed forces. Before teaching she worked as an addictions counsellor for young offenders. She is currently working toward a PhD which examines the links between the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and wellbeing in the HE workplace.
Andrew Gibson joined UWTSD in the 1990s from a senior management position in the engineering sector. He is currently a Senior Lecturer within the School of Engineering in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, and a Programme Director for a successful BSc degree portfolio. He continues to work with industry on commercial projects and is the author of recent publications in the field of automotive electronics.
Dr. Gareth Hughes is a UWTSD graduate who joined the staff of the University in 2015 following previous roles in the oil, gas and utilities industries. He is currently a Lecturer in the Swansea Business School, where he is also Level 5 manager and admissions tutor. His recent Doctorate in Business Administration focused on the barriers to success for western professional services operating in China.
Dai Rogers was appointed as UWTSD’s Director of Student Services in 2012, having held a similar role at Trinity University College. He is responsible for managing a range of support services for students across all campuses, and also oversees UWTSD’s response to the PREVENT duty.
Prior to this, he lectured in Geography and Environmental Science at Trinity University College and Aberystwyth University and was a course tutor with the Open University in Wales. He has also worked as a project manager with the former Welsh Development Agency. He is a member of UWTSD’s Senior Management Team.
Appointed by Support Staff
Estelle Hart has worked at UWTSD since 2015 and is currently Head of Student Experience. Her responsibilities include working closely with the Students’ Union to enhance all aspects of the student experience, and coordination of UWTSD’s participation in the National Student Survey and other key surveys. She was previously a full-time elected officer of the National Union of Students. She continues to be actively involved in her trade union and serves as a school governor.
Emma Hughes has worked for UWTSD for a number of years and is currently a Records Assistant based on the Swansea Campus. Her work includes assisting with Freedom of Information and Data Protection requests, responding to enquiries from former students, and supporting the maintenance of the institutional archive. Prior to joining UWTSD, she was a Building Supervisor at Cardiff University.
Clerk to the Council
Role of the Council
The principal role of the Council is to set the general strategy, policy and direction of the University. There is a clear boundary between ‘governance’ and ‘management’ and members of Council are not involved in the day-to-day executive management of the University. More information about Council’s role is set out in an agreed Statement of Primary Responsibilities. Information on the conduct of Council business is available in the Ordinances.
The Council has a small number of Standing Committees and Sub-Committees to assist members to discharge their functions as governors.
- Audit and Risk Management Committee
- Group Scrutiny Committee
- Health and Safety Sub-Committee
- Human Resources Committee
- Nominations and Governance Committee
- Senior Remuneration Committee
- Strategy and Resources Committee
Further information about the work of these committees and about governance more generally is contained in the Ordinances.