Governance: University of Wales

The Charter Statutes and Ordinances provide a broad framework for the legal structure and governance of the University.

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.

Membership of Council: University Of Wales

 (Click on each name for biographical details)

The Venerable Randolph Thomas, Chair

Randolph Thomas

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 DL DPhil DPS FRSA, Vice-Chancellor

Medwin Hughes

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. 

Margaret Evans, Vice-chair

Margaret Evans

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.

Justin Albert OBE, Co-opted Member

Justin Albert

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.

Anthony (Tony) Ball, Council Member

Anthony Ball

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.

Pam Berry, Council Member

Pam Berry

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.

Andrew Curl, Council Member

Andrew Curl

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, Co-opted Member

Siwan Davies

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.

William Eifion Griffiths, Council Member

Eifion Griffiths

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).

Arwel Ellis Owen, Council Member

Arwel Ellis Owen

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.

Nigel Roberts, Council Member

Nigel Roberts UW

Nigel Roberts has a banking background and held managerial positions at Midland/HSBC Bank until 2010, most recently as Head of Commercial Banking for West Wales. He now works as a consultant for Clay Shaw Butler, Chartered Accountants and holds a number of non-executive positions within the Diocese of St Davids. Other current roles include Vice-Chair of Governors at the Model Church in Wales Primary School and a Trustee of Carmarthen Family Centres.He is also a member of the Loans Panel for Social Investment Cymru.

Dr Elizabeth Siberry OBE, Council Member

Elizabeth Siberry

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.

Maria Stedman, Council Member

Maria Stedman

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.

Deris Williams MBE, Council Member

Deris Williams UW

An Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Deris Williams was Director of Menter Cwm Gwendraeth for almost twenty years prior to her retirement in 2015. She has also worked extensively in the voluntary sector, including as a school governor, a community councillor and as a member of the Local Health Board. She was the General Secretary of the Carmarthenshire Urdd National Eisteddfod and the Carmarthenshire National Eisteddfod. She currently works in a freelance capacity as a Lay Inspector for Estyn and is a regular contributor to the S4C programme ‘Prynhawn Da’ and to various programmes on Radio Cymru. She is also Chair of Hanfod Cymru, the registered charity which distributes grants to community groups on behalf of Loteri Cymru.

Appointed by Staff

Dr Stuart Robb, Staff Member

Dr Stuart Robb

Stuart Robb joined the University of Wales in 2012, having held posts in administration, teaching, and pastoral care at a number of other universities. While at the University of Wales, Stuart has taken lead roles in the management of transnational partnerships, quality assurance, institutional policy and regulation, and academic enhancement. He was appointed Head of Collaborative Partnerships (Partnership Relations) in 2018 and leads in this area for both the University of Wales and University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He has a doctorate in Musicology.

Clerk to the Council

Sarah Clark, Clerk to Council

The Clerk to the Council is:

Sarah Clark
Tel: 01267 676860

Visit the Clerk’s Office section to find out more