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:
Ms Julia Palca – 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.
Ms Janet Legrand - Deputy Chair of Council
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.
Professor 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.
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.
Kru is a former Partner of KPMG where until 2018, she led the Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare practice in the UK. She has also served as a member of KPMG’s UK Board and chaired its Remuneration Committee.
She is currently an adviser to the management team at Zinc Network – a privately owned communications agency.
Kru’s executive experience includes leading and growing consultancy practices in privately owned, FTSE 250 and global partnership organisations, where she has led complex digital and technology change and transformation programmes in the public sector. Her clients have included Governments in the UK and Sub Saharan Africa, we well as international technology and business services companies.
Kru has previously served as a Local Government Commissioner (Electoral Commission) and as a school governor, chaired the Minority Ethnic Group of the National Employment Panel at the Department of Work and Pensions and has been a member of the Mayor of London’s Smart London Board.
Dr Paula Franklin
Dr Paula Franklin is the Medical and Risk Director for Bupa UK.
Paula studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and worked as a GP before leaving clinical practice to study public health at Johns Hopkins University. Following this she worked for the Children’s Defense Fund charity in Washington DC on US health policy and legislation. On returning to the UK Paula joined Bupa and between 1996 and 2010 held a number of senior medical roles in both health funding and provision businesses. Paula then joined Marie Stopes International where she was Global Medical Director. She returned to Bupa in 2013 to take up the role of UK Medical Director. In addition to her medical degree Paula has a MPH from Johns Hopkins, a MBA from London Business School, a MA in Bioethics and Medical Law and a diploma in counselling. Paula chairs the Bupa UK Foundation and is a trustee of the Youth Sport Trust.
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.
Simon Harding-Roots joined City as an independent governing member of Council in January 2019. Simon is an Executive Director at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, appointed in April 2015 where he is responsible for leading Grosvenor’s complex major development projects in London. Simon joined from Imperial College London where he was Chief Operations Officer. Simon is a Trustee of the DNRC (The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre).
Simon has significant experience in the real estate sector leading portfolios of complex projects, and working across development, investment, private equity, and corporate real estate. He has gained valuable experience in the UK, Asia and Middle East having worked for Treasury Holdings Group in the UK and China, Majid Al Futtaim, a leading Dubai based property development company and Arcapita, a private equity investor based in Bahrain.
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.
Ms Philippa Hird
Philippa is an independent director and strategy consultant with a particular interest in recruitment, remuneration, governance and the delivery of complex change. She is currently the Chair of the NHS Pay Review Body, Deputy Chair of AQA, a non executive director of the Remuneration Consultants Group and of City University and she is a the independent member of the Remuneration Committee of the General Dental Council. Philippa is a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Cambridgeshire.
As Group Human Resources Director of ITV Plc until 2009, Philippa 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 and has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from The Queen's College Oxford.
Philippa has been a Non Executive Director of HMRC, a Board member of Opportunity Now and of Creative Skillset, a member of the School Teachers’ Review Body 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.
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.
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
With a broad based experience across sectors, Hunada works on organisational performance and change.She is currently Council member of City, University of London, a leading global university, and Chairs the Audit and Risk committee. She is a Board member, and Audit Chair for the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the body responsible for mobilising £63bn of funding for education and training.She also has a seat on the Board of the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, and chairs its Audit & Risk Assurance committee. Until recently she was Chief Operating Officer for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation an independent philanthropic organisation. Prior to this, she worked for 6 years in Whitehall, as Director General Finance, latterly for the Department for Work and Pensions. Hunada held senior financial, commercial and strategic roles in the private sector, including with Diageo plc and for Burger King Corporation in the US and the UK.
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.
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
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.
Ms Mary Luckiram
Mary was appointed as Director of Human Resources 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 is a member of the National Executive of Universities HR, the professional association for HR professionals working in higher education. Mary is currently Chair of the UHR Conference Committee. Mary was appointed as a member of City's Council on 1 August 2014.
Miss Tuna Kunt
Students' Union President Tuna Kunt graduated with Law LLB in 2018. She was City Students' Union VP Education during the 2018\2019 academic year and held several Union positions during her undergraduate studies such as Law School Councillor, Law Society President, Societies Board Member and Feminist Society Finance Officer.
She was elected as the President of City, University of London Students’ Union for the year 2019\2020 on a strong manifesto that focuses on enhancing the academic experience and support for City students, improving student spaces, developing City Students' Union and running effective liberation campaigns. She is currently Chair of the Union Board of Trustees and is the official spokesperson of the Union, along with the Union VP Education Saqlain Riaz and VP Community & Wellbeing Rania Salim.
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.
Professor Debra Salmon
Professor Debra Salmon, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, joined City, University of London in September 2015. She is Professor of Community Health and completed a BA in Sociology at Warwick University, followed by an MSc in Policy Studies at Bristol University in1996. During the 1990’s she also completed her health visitor and nurse teacher training at the University Of Wales College Of Medicine, where she worked as a health visitor and lecturer in Cardiff. In 1998, she moved to UWE, Bristol where she completed a doctorate focused on understanding how mothers and teenage daughters understand and respond to risk, in the context of negotiating independence. During her time at UWE, Bristol she undertook a number of research and management roles which included leading the UWE Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group and the South West Region’s HEI response to the Department of Health’s National Health Visitor Implementation Plan (2011-2015). She was also the Associate Head of a large Nursing and Midwifery Department between 2008 and 2010, which included a period as REF lead for UOA 3. Her research has focused on researching community health, the needs of ‘hard to reach groups’ and service improvement. In 2010 Debra was awarded a Chair in Nursing and is an invited expert member of the Female Genital Mutilation National Clinical Group and the HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship: Expert Review Panel (2012 to date).
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The minutes of recent meetings of the Council are available via the links below.
Council meeting minutes
- 23rd November 2018 Minutes
- 5th October 2018 Minutes
- 6th July 2018 Minutes
- 18th May 2018 Minutes
- 16th March 2018 Minutes
- 9th February 2018 Minutes
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