Council Membership

Council Membership 2017/2018

As at 1 August 2017

University Charter, paragraph 8, prescribes the Council membership and this is currently as follows:

(a) Sixteen persons external to the University:
Chair of the Council: Sir David Warren (to 31.7.2020)
Deputy Chair of the Council/Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee Bob Scruton (to 31.7.2021)
  Colin Carmichael (to 31.7.2020)
Neil Davies (to 31.7.2020)
Angela McNab (to 31.7.2020)
Peter Clokey (to 31.7.2018)
Dr. Harshad Topiwala (to 31.7.2018)
Richard Honey (to 31.7.2018)
Dame Ursula Brennan (to 31.7.2018)
Heather Norton (to 31.7.2018)
Martin Coleman (to 31.7.2018)
Sarah Gibson (to 31.7.2018)
Andrew Newell (to 31.7.2018)
Martin Cook (to 31.7.2019)


(b) Two persons elected from among their number by the academic staff of the University:
Academic staff: Professor John Fitzpatrick (to 31.7.2019)
Dr Owen Lyne (to 31.7.2019)
(c) Two persons elected from among their number by the non-academic staff of the University:
Academic-related staff and other staff: Mark Ellis (to 31.7.2018)
Charlotte Guy (to 31.7.2019)
(d) One person elected from among their number by students of the University:
For 2016/2017: Simeon Onaji
(e) The Vice-Chancellor and President:
  Professor Karen Cox
(f) Up to two officers of the University, appointed by Council following consultation with the Chair and the Vice-Chancellor:
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost David Nightingale
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Denise Everitt
(g) The President of the University of Kent Students' Union:
President of Kent Union: Ruth Wilkinson (for 2017/2018)


Photograph of Council taken in February 2018

Earlier photographs of Council can be found here.


(a) Total presecribed membership: 25 members
(b) Council members - Trusteeships of other organisations
(c) Queries should be addressed to Dr Keith Lampard, Secretary of the Council
(email:, telephone: 01227827892, or Heather Packham: email:, telephone: 01227 823906)



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Last Updated: 09/05/2018