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Council is the governing body of the University. It has the ultimate power of decision in all matters affecting the University.

Council is the supreme authority of the University. It is responsible for the efficient management and conduct of the affairs of the University, including finances and property. The full terms of reference for the Council are detailed in Statute VII.

Council regularly conducts a review of its effectiveness and an action plan is developed from the review. Dr Jonathan Nicholls was commissioned by Council to undertake the external review in 2021. Download the report [920KB, PDF] .

The University is a registered charity and Council acts as the Board of Trustees of the charity.

Council usually meets four times a year and there is a series of activities throughout the year, including development activity.

Current members

Council is made up of a majority of lay/independent members as well as staff and student members. Find out more about current members of Council.

Chair of Council

Patrick Younge
Patrick Younge

Patrick Younge (BSc 1987) is one of the UK’s leading media figures with an international career in the world of television and media.

Patrick was appointed Chair of Council in January 2022. He is also a member of Finance and Resources Committee, Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Governor Apprenticeship Programme

During the 2023/24 academic year, Cardiff University is continuing to participate for the third year in the Governance Apprenticeship Programme (GAP) led by Perrett Laver.

The University was one of the launch partners for the scheme in the 2021/22 academic year. The scheme aims to bridge the gap to achieving board diversity and shorten the timeline to creating truly representative boards.

The University appointed Julie-Anne Johnston as the Apprentice Governor on Council from 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2024.

Register of interests

In accordance with our Ordinances, and in line with good practice, the University publishes the Register of Interests for all members of Council and Audit and Risk committee.

Download the latest register of interests for Council (PDF) 
Download the latest register of interests for Audit and Risk committee (PDF) 

Statement of Independence

The University Council appoints Lay Member to act as independent governors. The University has adopted a robust approach to ensuring independence of Lay Members. This approach, together with the Definition and Principles of Independence, is set out in the Statement of Independence.

Benefits policy

The University has a Benefits Policy for all lay members of Council, including payment of expenses, benefits and hospitality.

Download the Trustee Benefits Policy (PDF)

More information

If you have any questions about the role of council members, or the nomination process please contact Governance: