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Terms of Reference

In summary, the Council has a commitment to meet the obligations placed on the University as a charity, and as a body in receipt of public funds. It also has a collective responsibility to promote the University's wellbeing and to ensure its sustainability. Its specific responsibilities include:

  • corporate strategy, plans and budgets
  • corporate policy and major business decisions
  • establishing the framework for governance and management
  • monitoring institutional and executive performance

For a full and comprehensive outline of the Council's terms of reference, please refer to its Statement of Primary Responsibilities

Membership 2022-23

Members ex officio

The Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor (Alastair Da Costa)
The Vice-Chancellor (Professor Simone Buitendijk)

Four members of Faculties, and two members of the support staff to be appointed by the Council

  •    Dr Kendi Guantai
  •    Lauren Huxley 
  •    Professor Peter Jimack
  •    Professor Simon Kelley
  •    Professor Alice O'Grady
  •    Simon Thompson

The Union Affairs Officer and the Education Officer of Leeds University Union

  • Bethan Corner
  • Maria Papageorgiou

Thirteen members, not being students of the University or members of Faculty, provided that at any time at least four of the fourteen lay members of the Council shall be alumni (as may be defined from time to time under Ordinance) and one shall be a representative of the Clothworkers' Company

  •  Liz Barber
  •  Tom Clark
  •  Seb Elsworth
  •  Helen Grantham
  •  Iain Moffatt
  •  Dr Yvette Oade
  •  Leyla Okhai
  •  Cordelia Rogerson
  •  Kenneth Sargison
  1.  Janet Sheriff
  2.  Tim Smith
  •  Rachel Tsang
  •  One to be confirmed


For the current Register of Interests of members of Council, please click here.

To view the pen-portraits of members of the Council, please click here.


Dates of meetings

Meetings of the Council usually take place on Thursdays at 4pm.

    2022-23 (Click on the date to see the business meeting Minutes)
    • 28 September 2023
    •  10 November 2023 - Away Day
    • 30 November 2023
    • 25 January 2024
    • 21 March 2024
    • 30May 2024
    • 25 July 2024


Last edited:1/8/2022 (HJP)