Skip to main content

Council Nominations Committee


23 November 2023

28 February 2024

28 March 2024

22 May 2024

Council Nominations Committee Terms of Reference 2023/24 (endorsed by Nominations Committee (23 November 2023) and approved by Council (12 December 2023))

1. To make recommendations to Council for:

    (a) the nomination of the Chancellor;

    (b) the nomination of the Pro-Chancellors under Class I of Council membership;

    (c) the nomination of the Chair of Council;

    (d) nominations for the places under Class II of Council membership;

    (e) nominations to Council sub-committees, ad hoc groups and joint committees with Senate.

    (f) nominations to Trusts associated with the University;


2. In making such recommendations, the Committee will ensure that the existing procedures in place in relation to Independent Council Member appointments (Class I and Class II) are sufficiently robust and that appropriate and thorough due diligence is undertaken before recommending appointment, ensure that members recommended to Council for appointment are 'fit and proper persons';

3. To review criteria for appointments from time to time, having regard to Council policy;


4. To promote equality, diversity and inclusion through both the University members appointed to Council and the selection of Independent Member nominations to Council;


5. Responsibility for maintaining a useful and up to date skills matrix for Council membership, to help ensure an appropriate mix of skills, knowledge and experience on Council;


6. Responsibility for reviewing the training and development needs of the governing body, including the induction provided to new members of Council;


7. Responsibility for updating role descriptions for Council members and chairs of sub-committees;


8. Responsibility for oversight of reporting and reviewing conflicts of interest of members of Council;


9. Responsibility for succession planning for Council and Committees.


The quorum necessary for the transaction of business shall be four members, of which at least two shall be independent members.



  • Chair: Quentin Woodley (ex officio, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council)
  • Sir Richard Atkins OBE (Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of Council)
  • Sally Cabrini (Pro-Chancellor and Senior Independent Governor)
  • Professor Lisa Roberts (ex officio, President and Vice-Chancellor)
  • Professor Dan Charman (ex officio, Senior Vice-President and Provost
  • Bettina Rigg (External Independent Member elected by Council)

In Attendance

  • Imelda Rogers (Director of Human Resources)
  • Mike Shore-Nye (Senior Vice-President and Registrar and Secretary)
  • Jeremy Diaper (Assistant Director, Governance and Secretary to the Committee)


Membership 2023/24

     In attendance:

  • Imelda Rogers (Director of Human Resources)
  • The Chair of Council as Alumnae Representation following dissolution of Convocation (as an alumna will therefore provide the Alumni Network Group and alumnae representation agreed with Convocation previously)