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Lay Members of Council

Cardiff University
Lay Member of Council

Cardiff University was established in 1883 as one of the founding colleges of the University of Wales. Our motto, Gwirionedd, Undod a Chytgord – ‘truth, unity and concord’ – sets out our commitment to working together to make a positive and lasting difference to our communities, and continues to shape our institution today.

We are one of the largest universities in the UK and the only Welsh member of the Russell Group. Our vision is to be a world-leading, research-excellent, and educationally outstanding university with a transformative social, cultural and economic impact for Cardiff, Wales, the UK and the world.  We are firmly grounded in our sense of place. As the biggest university in Wales – and a major employer, with more than 7,000 staff – we work with communities, industry and government to help overcome the most urgent challenges of our times. Our widening participation and civic mission activity sees engagement from across the university community and makes a difference to a diverse range of people.

We are now looking to recruit Lay Members of the University Council.  As a member of our Council, you will play a crucial role in shaping the future of this esteemed institution.  Lay Members are indispensable contributors to Cardiff University, collaborating with fellow Council members and the Executive team to establish the institution’s mission, strategic direction, overall goals, and values. Our Lay Members hail from diverse backgrounds, reflecting the university’s commitment to providing education and services that empower thousands of students and support the growth of our dedicated staff.

Successful candidates will possess the skills and competence to fulfill the following essential functions as a Lay Member of Council:

  • Provide critical scrutiny of strategy, financial plans, risk management, and performance oversight.
  • Uphold the quality of our educational provision.
  • Contribute to institutional success and long-term objectives.
  • Foster an inclusive and welcoming board culture.
  • Demonstrate an interest in Wales and its unique context, which influences our decision-making.

The University is particularly interested in candidates with experience in:

  • Academic / Education, preferably in higher education
  • Finance, including investment management, banking, or pensions
  • People or Human Resources
  • Legal / Governance
  • Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology
  • Significant experience in large and complex organizations or an impressive track record of personal achievements
  • Leadership experience
  • Familiarity with the role of a Non-Executive or Trustee in the private, public, or voluntary sector
  • An understanding of the context of UK higher education and research

Cardiff University values diversity and inclusivity. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, irrespective of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, socio-economic status, and age. We also encourage Welsh speakers and those with strong local community ties to apply.

In return, this stimulating and rewarding role offers successful candidates new challenges, ongoing professional development, and the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in one of the UK’s foremost educational institutions, helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow.


Terms of Office and Time Commitment

The term of office is four years, with an estimated time commitment of 16 to 18 days per year, depending on additional roles and responsibilities. This includes:

  • Four days for Council meetings
  • Four days/half days for training/away days
  • Five days for membership of major committee(s) of Council
  • Preparation time for meetings
  • Attendance at various University events, such as awards ceremonies, Graduation, and Varsity
  • Council Meetings are typically held in Cardiff, offered in a hybrid format (face-to-face and virtual), while major committees usually meet virtually

This position is non-remunerated, but reasonable travel expenses will be covered, and IT equipment will be provided if necessary.


Join us in shaping the future of Cardiff University – apply today to become a Lay Member of Council and University Trustee!

More information on the role and the University can be found at

For an informal discussion please contact Lauren Crichton, Katharine Price, Gillian Blackadder or Donogh O’Brien.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter as one document via the apply button.