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Mr Michael Griffith CBE (1934 – 2009)

30 June 2009

The University regrets to announce the death of Council member, Mr Michael Griffith CBE. Mr Griffith died on Saturday 27th June, 2009 after collapsing while with a group of walkers on a hillside in Snowdonia.

Mr Griffith was an active member of both the University’s Council and Court. He served on both the Council and Court since 2004 and was a member of the Nominations Committee.

Prior to Merger in 2004, he chaired the Council of the University of Wales College of Medicine (UWCM).

Mr Griffith was a prominent figure in the wider field of higher education in Wales. A former member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, he also chaired the Audit Committee of the University of Wales.

In addition to Higher Education, Mr Griffith will be remembered for his contribution to other key areas of Welsh public life - most notably, agriculture and health.

A farmer and landowner from Trefnant, Denbighshire, he was the former chair of the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) as well as an active member of the Land Authority for Wales, Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) and former president of the Royal Welsh Show.

In the management of healthcare, he chaired Denbighshire and Conway NHS Trust as well as Clwyd Health Authority.

He was also the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Clwyd and Regional Director for Nat West Bank.

He was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1985.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, said: "Everyone who knew Michael will be deeply saddened by his untimely death. Michael’s contribution to the University and to public life in Wales over the years has been incalculable.

"Our sincere condolences go to his family at this difficult time."