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Council Members

The Council is the governing body of the Royal College of Art. The membership is made up principally of lay (non-College) members and includes a number of staff and students. For more information, see College Governance. Click here for biographies of Lay Members

Ex Officio


The Pro-Chancellor
Baroness Rebuck DBE (from 1 March 1999 to 28 February 2022) 

The Vice-Chancellor
Dr Paul Thompson (from 1 September 2009– )

The Treasurer
Caragh Merrick (from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2021)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost 
Professor Naren Barfield (from 1 August 2011–)

Co-President of the Students' Union 
Lucy Bird (from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020)

Lay Members 

Michael Birshan (from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021)

Professor Rachel Cooper OBE (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2022)

Jennifer Duvalier (from 1 May 2016 to 30 April 2022)

Mike Forster (from 1 March 2017 to 29 February 2020)

Dr Tristram Hunt (from 1 March 2017 to 29 February 2020)

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE (from 1 April 2019 to March 31 2022)

Alan Leibowitz (from 1 March 2015 to 30 November 2021)

Patrick Plant (from 1 May 2016 to 30 April 2022)

Richard Petrie (from 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2021)

Dr Sigrid Rausing (1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021)

Sudhir Singh (15 June 2020 to 14 June 2023)

Tom Van Oss (from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2022)

Ed Williams (from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2022)

Staff Members

Professor Paul Anderson (from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2022)

Professor Graeme Brooker (from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2022)

Dr Rathna Ramanathan (from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2022)

Dr Sarah Teasley (from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2022)

Dr Emma Wakelin (from 1 November 2018 to 31 July 2022)

Rama Gheerawo (from 30 October 2019 until 31 July 2022)

Student Member

Gabi Davies, Co-President of the Students' Union  (from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020)


Secretary

College Secretary, Jocelyn Prudence

In Attendance

Chief Operating Officer, John Worne

Executive Director of Transformation and Delivery, Dr Philip Harvey

Director of Finance, Amanda White 

Governance Officer, Lucy Quarry

Quorum

One-third of the total actual membership of the Council (or the nearest whole number thereto) provided that at least one-third of those present at any time shall be neither Members of the Staff of the College nor Students.

Number of Meetings Per Year

Four

Darwin Building, Kensington
Darwin Building, Kensington
Photographer: Richard Haughton