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Council is the supreme Governing Body of City, University of London with functions and powers defined in the Royal Charter.
The Composition and Voting Arrangements of the Council are set out in the Statutes.
The primary responsibilities of the Council are set out in the Ordinances.

The current Membership of the Council is as follows:

Ex-officio Members

Rob Woodward
Mr Rob Woodward - Chair of Council
Rob joined STV Group plc in March 2007 as CEO where he has led the turnaround of the company.
Prior to this, Rob was Commercial Director of Channel 4 Television Corporation and on the main board. He achieved a dramatic turnaround of legacy businesses, 4 Ventures, and built a set of successful new media and digital businesses. He transformed the performance of Channel 4's commercial businesses from heavily loss making to significant profitability.
Rob was previously an MD of UBS Warburg and global COO of corporate finance in Media and Communications. He worked initially in the global Telecom team in both London and New York and latterly was the co-head of the European Technology Group.
Prior to this he was Managing Partner of Braxton UK, Deloitte's European Telecoms Media and Technology business and UK strategy consulting practice. He also led Deloitte Consulting's European TMT group. He has specialised in advising TMT companies on strategic and corporate finance issues for the past 25 years.
Rob is a trustee of the STV Children's Appeal. Rob was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of City, University of London in February 2012, is a non-executive director of the technology company Blancco plc. In November 2014 Rob was appointed by the Scottish Government as Chairman of the Developing Young Workforce Group, which is leading work to support employer involvement in developing Scotland's young workforce. He has also co-chaired the National Centre for University and Business work on Growing Value Scotland and until 2016 was a Trustee of Nesta. He is also a Trustee of The Royal Television Society.

Roger Bright
Ms Julia Palca – Deputy Chair of Council
Julia Palca graduated from the University of Durham and enrolled as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1980 at the beginning of her long and distinguished legal career. She continues to sit as an Employment Judge at the London Central Employment Tribunal.
Julia chairs the Trustees of Macmillan Cancer Support, a position she has held since 2010 and also chairs the Royal Free Charity, which supports the Royal Free NHS hospitals in Hampstead, Barnet and Enfield.

Professor Paul CurranProfessor Sir Paul Curran - President
Professor Sir Paul Curran joined City in 2010 having served previously as Vice-Chancellor at Bournemouth University and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton.

Read Professor Sir Paul Curran's biography.

Independent members

Brendan Barber
Sir Brendan Barber
Sir Brendan Barber is the Chair of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council.
In 1975 Sir Brendan began a 37 year relationship with the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Initially working as a policy officer, he held several roles before being appointed Deputy General Secretary in 1993. In June 2003 he became General Secretary, a role he held until his retirement in 2012.
City, University of London alumnus and former President of the Students' Union, Sir Brendan graduated with a BSc in Social Sciences in 1974. He was awarded an Honorary Degree from City in 2007.

Dame Lynne Brindley
Dame Lynne Brindley
Dame Lynne Brindley is the Master of Pembroke College Oxford and former Chief Executive of the British Library (2000 to 2012), where she led a major strategic development and modernisation programme to ensure that the British Library remained relevant, innovative and accessible in the 21st century.
She came to the British Library from the University of Leeds where she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and prior to this she was a senior consultant with KPMG and held leadership positions in information technology and knowledge management at Aston University and at the London School of Economics.
She is a non-executive Board member of Ofcom, the UK telecommunications and media regulator. She chairs Ofcom's Committee for the Nations, and sits on the Content Board. She is on the Wolfson Trust Arts Panel, chairs the Trustees of the Goldsmiths' Centre and is a Court member of the Goldsmiths' Company. She has been a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and retains professional interest in media and information society issues, digital libraries and copyright.

Andy Friend
Mr Andy Friend
Andy Friend currently chairs two unlisted infrastructure investment funds, focused respectively on Europe/the USA and the South East Mediterranean. Andy was previously Chief Executive of John Laing plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Financial Security Assurance UK Ltd, the UK Department For Transport, and Partnerships UK. He has been a Trustee of Oxfam, a Non-Executive Director of HS2 Ltd and a participant in the UK Government's Major Project Review Group. Prior to joining Macquarie Bank in 1997, he was Chief Executive of the City of Melbourne having held a number of public sector management roles in the UK and Australia. The early part of his career, 1973-1981, was spent working for various London based tenants' groups, voluntary agencies and law centres.

Iain Gray
Professor Iain Gray
Professor Iain Gray was recently appointed as Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University. Formerly he was the Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, following its establishment as an executive non-departmental public body.
Iain is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 2007 was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Medal. In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a Board Member of Engineering UK, a Governor of the University of the West of England, a Board Member of the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA) and a Board Member of the Energy Technologies Institute.
As Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, Iain was the operational head of the organisation as it assumed its leading role in driving the UK's technology and innovation strategy.

Adrian Haxby
Mr Adrian Haxby
Adrian Haxby has worked in investment banking since 1985. Most recently he was a Managing director, UK Investment Banking at UBS with responsibility for the UK Mid Cap business. This involved the provision of a wide range of corporate advice, including m&a, primary equity and restructuring, primarily to companies in the FTSE 250.
Since April 2014 he has been a partner in Peel Hunt LLP, a privately owned corporate and institutional stock broking and advisory firm. His other roles include Chairman of HBV Enterprise, a Hackney based charity which promotes enterprise as a means of alleviating unemployment through the provision of advice and in certain cases funding to would be entrepreneurs. He is also Chairman of Pendomer Communications, an innovative financial communications advisory firm. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Classics & Modern Languages and is a Chartered Accountant. He has three children at university in the UK.

Philippa Hird
Ms Philippa Hird
Philippa is an experienced independent director and strategy consultant with a particular interest in remuneration, recruitment, governance and the delivery of complex change. She is currently a Non Executive Director of the Remuneration Consultants Group, of AQA and of City where she chairs the Remuneration Committee. She is the Independent member of the Remuneration Committee of the General Dental Council and a Director of Cambridge HR Strategy Consulting. She is also a member of the Cambridgeshire Advisory Committee on the appointment of Magistrates.
As Group Human Resources Director of ITV Plc until 2009 she led the integration of the regional ITV companies. Prior to that she held general management and then HR roles in Granada Group Plc. She began her career as a Marketing Manager with ICI having studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at The Queen's College Oxford.
Philippa has been a Non Executive Director of HMRC, a Board member of Opportunity Now and of Creative Skillset and Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She is a Companion of the CIPD and a fellow of the RSA.

Chris Jenks
Professor Chris Jenks
Professor Chris Jenks B.Sc, M.Sc(Econ), Ph.D, PGCE, FAcSS, FRSA, FCGI, FGCL, Vice Chancellor and Principal Brunel University 2006-12, formerly Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor of Sociology and Head of Department at Goldsmiths College University of London. He has published thirty books and numerous journal articles and chapters in books.

Janet Legrand
Ms Janet Legrand
Janet Legrand studied law at Cambridge and is an international disputes partner at global law firm DLA Piper, where she has held a number of leadership roles, including Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board. She is currently the firm's Senior Elected Board Member, chairs the firm's Global Risk Committee and sits on the Advisory Board of New Perimeter, the firm's non-profit affiliate, which delivers pro bono projects in developing and post-conflict countries. She established and chairs DLA Piper's award winning women's network, leads the firm's global social mobility programme and is a Board member of PRIME (the organisation which leads the legal profession's commitment to social mobility in the UK).
Beyond the legal profession, Janet is Chair of the Trustee Board of The Children's Society, Vice-Chair of the Marshall Commission, with oversight of the Government's Marshall Scholarship programme, is a member of the Audit Committee of the University of Cambridge and sits on the board of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Sir John Low
Sir John Low
Sir John Low is Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which seeks to stimulate giving, social investment and the effective use of funds by offering a range of specialist services to charities and donors. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Charity Bank and the Euclid Network of European Third Sector Leaders, and was an Independent Member of the House of Lords Appointments Commission 2008-13.

Prior to joining CAF Sir John was Chief Executive at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID). He moved to the voluntary sector after pursuing a 20-year career in the technology industry. He holds a PhD in Bio-Medical Physics, is a Chartered Engineer, a Companion of the Institute of Management and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA). Sir John was awarded a CBE for services to the Voluntary Sector and to Deaf People in 2008 and was previously Chairman of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) until 2009.

Ms Hunada Nouss
Ms Hunada Nouss
Hunada Nouss is the Chief Financial Officer for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) an independent philanthropic organisation that provides funding for a highly focused portfolio of programmes designed to demonstrably improve the lives of children facing poverty, undernutrition, and the effects of climate change.
Prior to this, she worked for 6 years in Whitehall, most recently as CFO for the Department for Work and Pensions, delivering a challenging reform agenda within an increasingly constrained financial envelope. Hunada began her career with Arthur Andersen and has held a number of senior financial, commercial and strategic roles in the private sector, including Finance Director for Burger King (a Diageo subsidiary) in the UK, where she delivered business turnaround in a highly challenged commercial environment. Hunada held a number of prominent finance roles at Diageo plc working in London, Amsterdam and Miami, where she was involved in shaping growth and step-change strategies to transform business profitability. She has led major organisation restructures, mergers and cultural change programmes.
Hunada also holds a number of non-executive roles in higher education (City, University of London), housing (Gentoo Group) and the third sector (Breast Cancer Campaign). Hunada is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and has an MA from Oxford University.

Jackie Wright
Jacky Wright
Jacky Wright is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft. She is a transformational global leader, innovative technologist and recognized STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) advocate. Jacky’s extensive career spans multiple industries. She inspires and leads teams to drive innovation, develop enterprise technology solutions, and transform business models. As a Microsoft leader, she has created deep partnerships between IT and product engineering to drive digital transformation of customer experiences.
Jacky has been widely recognized for her many contributions in technology and diversity, including an honorary doctorate from Aston University, and inclusion on the Britain’s Powerlist 100 of Most Influential People, the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business, and Savoy Magazine’s Top Women list. She has also been featured in numerous publications, including CIO Magazine, “Meet a tech industry pioneer who leads by example” and the Wall Street Journal – CIO Journal. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Harvey Mudd College and Prostate Cancer UK, and serves on the Board of Year Up – Puget Sound Chapter

Ronald Zeghibe
Mr Ronald Zeghibe
Ron Zeghibe has 25 years experience in leading management buyouts, startups and corporate turn-around situations. Since 2010, he has been a Founder and Chairman of Hailo Network Holdings Ltd. which is transforming the iconic London licensed taxi market and has just announced a merger with My Taxi in Germany to become the leading taxi app in Europe.
Most recently, ROn has become Chairman of two FinTech companies, Xenomorph Holdings Ltd. and The Money Cloud Ltd. He was also Chairman of the successful UK based start up, Hassle.com, from 2012 until its sale in July 2015. From 2006 until 2010, he was the CEO of Evanesco Ltd., an advisor to TPG Capital L.L.C., as well as a non executive director and advisor to a number of young European technology companies.
From 1993 to 2006, he was the CEO of the Maiden Group plc, which he led through two stages of private equity funding before its floatation in 1996 and subsequent sale in 2006. Maiden was the largest independent outdoor media company in the UK.
In the past, Ron’s personal interests have included his roles as Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Academy of Art and as an advisor to Global Health Futures, an international health care research foundation and database.

Staff and student members

Professor Marianne Lewis
Professor Marianne Lewis - Dean of Cass Business School, City University London. Marianne W. Lewis is Dean of Cass Business School and Professor of Management. She joined Cass after a decade as Associate Dean of the University of Cincinnati, having earned her PhD from the University of Kentucky, and her MBA from Indiana University. Her research explores leadership and management issues involving organizational paradoxes. Change and complexity accentuate tensions – competing demands, contradictory pressures and challenging double-binds.

Her work develops paradox theory to explore related leadership opportunities and challenges. Studies span contexts, applying this lens in such fields as product development, organizational change, governance, and technology implementation. Her paper, “Exploring Paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide” received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2000. Her work also appears in other leading journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Operations Management, and Human Relations. Professor Lewis was a UK Fulbright in 2014, and is currently completing two books addressing leadership and organizational paradox.

Miss Olesea Matcovschi
Miss Olesea Matcovschi - Students' Union President Olesea Matcovschi graduated with BEng Aeronautical Engineering Degree at City in 2017. During her studies, Olesea was the president of Shorinji Kempo (martial arts) society and a group leader for Kilimanjaro Challenge organised by charity Dig Deep in 2016/17 academic year. She was elected as the President of City, University of London Students’ Union for the year 2017/18 and is currently the Chair of the Union Board of Trustees, the official spokesperson of the Union, and leads on equality and diversity campaigns as well as promotes and develops wellbeing support on campus.

Professor Stanton Newman
Vice President (International) Professor Stanton Newman
Professor Stanton Newman, joined City in September 2010.  He is a Professor of Health Psychology and completed his B.Soc. Sci. (Hons)degree and doctorate at the University of Natal, South Africa.  Professor Newman became a lecturer at LSE and Guys and Middlesex Hospital Medical Schools before joining University of College London.  In 2003 he set up the Centre for Behavioural and Social Science in Medicine, a unique project to encourage interdisciplinary working in physical illnesses at UCL.

Ms Mary Luckiram
Ms Mary Luckiram
Mary was appointed as Director of Human Resources at City in August 2011. Her role spans the full range of HR functions, including equality & diversity and health & safety. Prior to this she held senior HR roles at St George's, University of London, where, in 2007, she was appointed as Director of Human Resources.

Mary began her HR career at the University of Bristol and worked in a number of public sector roles before returning to work in higher education. She spent 11 years at St George’s leading and developing the HR team.

She was a member of the National Executive of Universities HR, the professional association for HR professionals working in higher education, for 8 years. Mary is currently Chair of the UHR Conference Committee.

Liz Rylatt
Liz Rylatt
Liz was appointed CFO of City, University of London in August 2016. As CFO, Liz has responsibility for the Finance and Property & Facilities teams. After graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc in Computer Science Liz qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, also in Newcastle.
She then spent a number of years in lead finance roles with various retail organisations (John Lewis/House of Fraser and Laura Ashley), moving to the BBC.
Liz spent 18 years with the BBC working across the Corporation in a number of Divisional and Corporate finance roles. She was involved in the set-up of the 24 Hour News channel and the News Online service. As CFO of the Operations Division she supported the COO of the BBC leading the Property, Technology, Marketing and HR functions as well as Finance. During her tenure Liz was involved in a number of transformation projects in both Finance and Operations delivering savings back to the business.
For the last two years Liz was Executive Director Finance Operations and Members at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, where she led a property renovation project at Chartered Accountants Hall.
In addition for the past three and a half years she was a Governor of Kingston University, partner Governor for the School of Business and Law and a member of the Audit Committee. She was also on the International Advisory Board for Newcastle University Business School.

View the interests declared by members of the Council and other senior executives.

The minutes of recent meetings of the Council are available via the links below.

Meeting Papers