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.
- Code of Practice for Council Members
- UWTSD Register of Members Interests 2021-22
- Standing Committees of the Council (Terms of Reference)
- UWTSD Scheme of Delegation 2021-22
- Code of Practice on the Students' Union 2021-22
- Governance Effectiveness Review 2019 - Executive Summary
- Governance Effectiveness Review 2019 - Action Plan
- Governance: University of Wales
Membership of Council: UWTSD
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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.
Justin Albert OBE has been Director of National Trust Cymru since 2011. He has a legal background and significant experience in commercial and not-for-profit leadership in conservation, education and cultural organisations. His previous roles have included board membership of Visit Wales and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and advisor to the Cabinet Minister for Economy and Transport. His current roles include Vice-President of the Hay Festival, Trustee of Farms for City Children and governor of the Royal School of Ballet.
As well as his law degree, he has an Honorary degree from the University of Wales. He is a UK and US dual citizen.
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 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, Andrew Curl was the Chief Executive of the EnViva Care group of healthcare companies.
His previous executive appointments have included Director and Vice President of GlaxoSmithKline plc, 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. As Chief Executive he has managed businesses in Latin America, Asia and Europe He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Institute of Directors and the recipient of the Queen’s Award to Industry.
His work with the public sector has included being the Founder and co-chair with Professor Sir Mike Richards of the triple award winning UK National Oncology Initiative, for which he was the single global winner of the CIO Award for creating business value and technological innovation. He has served as a founder member of the Partners Council of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, as Patron of the British Polio Fellowship under the Royal Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales and as a Board Member of the Farnham Castle Centre for International Affairs.
Siwan Davies is Director of Senedd Business at Senedd Cymru and has significant experience in governance. She was born and raised in Carmarthenshire and had an early career in the UK Civil Service and the (then) Welsh Assembly, prior to a move to Australia, where she held several executive roles in the Parliament of Australia and the Queensland Parliament.
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).
Uzo Iwobi OBE is CEO and founder of Race Council Cymru and runs her own leadership and training consultancy. She is a qualified solicitor and barrister who was called to the Nigerian Bar. She is founder of the African Community Centre in Wales, ZeroRacismWales, National Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities Youth Forum Wales, and Black Lives Matter Wales Collective (a Wales-wide policy forum). She has recently finished her term as Specialist Policy Adviser on Equalities to Welsh Government. She has served with the Police National Diversity team, based at the Home Office, where she was involved in developing national policies on race relations and diversity. She has also been a Commissioner to the Commission for Racial Equality UK. She is included in the WalesOnline lists of 100 brilliant women in Wales and 15 black Welsh icons.
She has a PCGE from the University of Wales and worked as a law lecturer at Swansea Metropolitan University between 1995 and 2004. She is an Honorary Fellow and Professor of Practice of UWTSD.
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.
Vanessa Liverpool is the elected Group President of Trinity Saint David Students’ Union for 2021/22. She is currently in her second year of study at the London Campus, pursuing a BA Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace. She has extensive experience in customer service, having spent 13 years as a Passenger Screening Officer for Eurostar. She is a Member of the Anointed Women’s Ministry at Shiloh worship centre and is currently a Trustee of the UWTSD Students’ Union.
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.
Liam Powell is the elected Swansea Campus President of Trinity Saint David Students’ Union for 2021/22. He is a graduate of the University of South Wales, where he was a Students’ Union Vice-President between 2017 and 2019.
He is awaiting the results of his studies for an MSc at Cardiff University. He has recently completed a PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education and Training) at UWTSD and during his time as a student, he had a lecturing placement within the healthcare portfolio. He is a Trustee of the UWTSD Students’ Union.
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 many poetry prizes at the National Eisteddfod, he also contributes to a range of activities that promote the arts. He founded the Carmarthen Poetry School nearly thirty years ago and 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. He published his first collection of poetry ‘Desg Lydan’ in 2020.
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 the public sector and charity Trustee roles: in addition to her University Council membership, she is a Trustee of the National Library of Wales, the Brecknock Society and Brecknock Arts Trust, and the Gregynog 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.
Emlyn Schiavone is a Town and County Councillor for Carmarthen West, a role that includes membership of the Education and Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee, Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and Democratic Services Committee. His professional background is in education, where he has held a range of teaching and service management roles. He is trustee or committee member of a wide range of local charities and is currently a governor and former chair of two schools in Carmarthen.
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 at 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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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.
Born and educated in Germany, Dr Conny Matera-Rogers’ career started as a management intern with ITT. Having moved to and settled in Wales, she has held teaching and management roles at Pembrokeshire College and then at the University of Wales, Lampeter and UWTSD. She received her Doctorate on Change Management in Higher Education from Sheffield University in 2014. In 2005 she started developing home and international HE partnerships in Wales and London and was instrumental in launching the UWTSD London Campus in 2012, followed by the UWTSD Birmingham Learning Centre in 2018. She is currently the Provost with responsibility for the London Campus and Birmingham Learning Centre.
She is a past Board Member and Director of Antur Teifi, Arts Care Gofal Celf, Foothold Enterprises, which reflects her commitment to developing universities as high quality, community-focused centres of learning as well as sound and sustainable businesses.
Dr Kerry Tudor joined UWTSD in 2013 as a lecturer in Automotive Engineering, after completing an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) that spanned both the Automotive and Steel Industries. Using her industrial experience, she has developed a successful Professional Development and Employability series to help engineering students to increase their soft skills and have access to guest lectures from a range of relevant companies and institutions.
Her research areas of interest are the sustainability and life cycle analysis of the automotive and motorsport industry. Her teaching responsibilities include subjects such as engineering design, engineering study skills and sustainability issues, as well as introducing key engineering skills such as computer aided design and technical report writing. She achieved Chartered Engineer status in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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A French and Spanish graduate, Matthew Peake’s journey with UWTSD began in 2016 when he enrolled as a part-time and distance-learning student on a Master’s programme offered through the Carmarthen Campus. He began working at UWTSD London in January 2018 as a Student Services Assistant, and in October 2020 he started his latest role as the Operational and Business Development Manager for the London Campus. He is a Member of the Association of University Administrators. Besides work and study, Matthew is also a member and former trustee of the London Gay Men’s Chorus.