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Council Members

The Council is the governing body of the Royal College of Art. The current membership of 28 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 Provost 
Sir James Dyson OM CBE (to 31 July 2020) 

The Chair and Pro-Provost
Baroness Rebuck DBE (to 28 Feb 2019) 

The Rector and Vice-Provost
Dr Paul Thompson

The Treasurer
Caragh Merrick (to 31 Dec 2018)

The Pro-Rector 
Professor Naren Barfield

Co-President of the Students' Union (Architecture and Design)
Hannah Evans (to 31 July 2017)

Members Appointed by the Court (twelve persons being neither members of staff of the College nor students)

Professor Richard Burdett CBE (to 30 Sept 2018)

Robert Careless (to 31 March 2019)

Jennifer Duvalier (to 30 April 2019)

Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE (to 31 March 2017)

Lady Ritblat (to 31 March 2017)

Dame Marjorie Scardino (to 30 Nov 2018)

Cathy Turner (to 28 Feb 2017)

Tom Van Oss (to 31 October 2019)

Members Appointed by the Senate (seven members of the staff of the College appointed in the manner prescribed by Ordinance)

Professor Paul Anderson (31 Oct 2018)

Zowie Broach (31 Oct 2018)

Professor Neville Brody (31 Oct 2018)

Dr Melanie Jordan (31 Oct 2018)

Dr Adrian Lahoud (31 Oct 2017)

Professor Jane Pavitt (31 Oct 2017)

Dr Emma Wakelin (31 Oct 2017)

One Student Elected by the Student Body:
Francesca Tamse, Co-President of the Students' Union (Fine Art and Material) (to 31 July 2017)

Co-opted Members (such other persons, being neither members of the staff of the College nor students and not exceeding eight in all as may be co-opted by the Council)

Professor Rachel Cooper OBE (to 31 March 2019)

Professor Alice Gast (to 31 Aug 2017)

Alan Leibowitz (to 30 Nov 2018)

Patrick Plant (to 30 April 2019)

John Studzinski CBE (to 31 Mar 2017)

Ed Williams (to 31 Jan 2019)


Secretary

Chief Operating Officer, Richard Benson

In Attendance

Director of Finance, Amanda White 

Director of Development, Nina Cohen Bohn 

PA to the Director of Academic Development, 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

Sir James Dyson
Sir James Dyson