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The University Executive Board (UEB)

The University Executive Board assists the Vice-Chancellor in performing his duties as the University’s Chief Executive Officer.  It meets weekly and is responsible for developing and implementing strategy, operational plans, policies, procedures and setting budgets to drive the University towards its ambition of being recognised as a top 100 university internationally and a top 20 university in the UK.  UEB also monitors the operating and financial performance of the University, so that it can respond to external pressures across the University’s academic areas.

The UEB consists of the Vice-Chancellor (Chair), Deputy Vice-Chancellor, three thematic Pro Vice-Chancellors; three College Pro Vice-Chancellors, the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Finance, and the Director of Human Resources, Safety, Health & Environment.  To find out about their responsibilities please click on their names below.

Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Colin Riordan 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Elizabeth Treasure

Pro Vice-Chancellor, International & Engagement
Professor Hywel Thomas

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience & Academic Standards
Professor Patricia Price

Pro Vice- Chancellor, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Professor George Boyne

Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences
Professor Dylan Jones

Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Physical Sciences
Professor Karen Holford

Acting Chief Operating Officer
Jayne Dowden

Director of Finance
Mr Mike Davies

Director of Human Resources, Safety, Health & Environment
Ms Jayne Dowden

UEB is supported by Ms Mairwen Harris, Head of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office


 Professor Colin Riordan: Vice-Chancellor & President

As the University’s Chief Executive Officer, responsibility for:

  • Overall leadership and management of the University
  • Overall financial and academic vitality of the University
  • Promoting and advocating the University globally, nationally, and locally
  • Upholding excellent standards of accountability across the University, and excellent standards of corporate governance
  • Accountable to Parliament for the use of the University’s funds

Chair of the following committees and groups:

  • University Executive Board
  • Senate
  • Academic Promotions Committee
  • Awards & Progress Committee
  • Budget & Planning Review Group

Manages the following:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Pro Vice-Chancellors
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Head of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office
  • Personal Assistant

  Professor Elizabeth Treasure: Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Deputising for the Vice-Chancellor in his absence, assuming in such circumstances all of the duties and responsibilities of the Vice-Chancellor, with specific responsibilities including:

  • Strategic oversight of resource allocation and budgeting, and strategic planning processes and policies
  • University Estate and Staff strategies (e.g. academic ownership of the estates strategy)
  • Oversight of the dignity, diversity and staffing strategies and policies
  • The sustainable development of the University in its widest sense
  • Leadership of projects of strategic importance to the University across the breadth of its activities e.g. student recruitment, league table performance etc.

Chair of the following committees and groups:

  • Intake Management Group
  • Equality and Diversity Committee
  • EU Structural Funds Panel
  • IT Projects Steering Group
  • Health, Safety and Environment Committee
  • Environmental Management Systems Steering Group

  Professor George Boyne: Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Overall management and leadership of the College including setting the overall strategy and direction of the College
  • Promoting the academic values, including research and education, of the College with overall responsibility for academic performance of the College
  • Control, allocation and accounting for the financial, human, physical and other resources of the College

Chair of the following committees and groups:

  • College Board – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Manages the following:

  • Heads of Schools within College
  • College Registrar

  Professor Dylan Jones: Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

  • Overall management and leadership of the College including setting the overall strategy and direction of the College
  • Promoting the academic values, including research and education, of the College with overall responsibility for academic performance of the College
  • Control, allocation and accounting for the financial, human, physical and other resources of the College

Chair of the following committees and groups:

  • College Board – Biomedical and Life Sciences

Manages the following:

  • Heads of Schools within College
  • College Registrar

  Professor Karen Holford: Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Physical Sciences

  • Overall management and leadership of the College including setting the overall strategy and direction of the College
  • Promoting the academic values, including research and education, of the College with overall responsibility for academic performance of the College
  • Control, allocation and accounting for the financial, human, physical and other resources of the College

Chair of the following committees and groups:

  • College Board – Physical Sciences

Manages the following:

  • Heads of Schools within College
  • College Registrar

  Professor Hywel Thomas: Pro Vice-Chancellor, International and Engagement

  • Overall responsibility and accountability for the University’s International activities, partnerships and reputation, and University’s engagement within Cardiff and Wales
  • Development of the University’s International strategy and implementation
  • Development and oversight of the University’s strategic approach to communicating and engaging the University’s research and education programmes and their impact upon Wales
  • Development and oversight of a strategic approach to the University’s engagement with Europe including initiatives such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus for All
  • Development and oversight of a University wide approach to overseas student mobility

Chair of the following committees and groups:

  • International and Engagement Policy Network

Manages the following:

  • Deans of International & Engagement – linked to the Colleges

  Professor Patricia Price: Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and Academic Standards

  • Overall responsibility and accountability for the University’s programmes of study and academic standards
  • The quality of the Student Experience at the University
  • Development of the University’s Education strategy and its implementation
  • Oversight of the University Graduate College and the University’s engagement with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
  • Development and oversight of the University’s widening participation activities
  • Key liaison point with the Students Union with respect to academic matters and student experience

Chair of the following committees and groups:

  • Academic Standards and Quality Committee
  • Education and Students Policy Network
  • Academic Information Resources Advisory Forum
  • University and Students Union representatives group
  • Inclusive Curriculum Committee
  • Widening Access and Retention Strategy Implementation Group
  • Graduate Employability and Enterprise Skills Board
  • Accreditation Submissions sub-committee
  • Transforming Libraries working group

Manages the following:

  • Dean of the University Graduate College
  • Dean of Academic Quality
  • Deans of Education & Students – linked to the Colleges

  Jayne Dowden: Acting Chief Operating Officer

  • Overall responsibility and accountability for the operational good order, efficiency and effectiveness of the University
  • Leadership of a unified professional services across the University
  • Secretary to University Council, with responsibility for the University’s governance arrangements
  • Ensuring that University Executive Board and Council receives accurate and relevant financial, operational, and performance data, along with contextual information, on which to base strategic and operational decisions
  • Key liaison point with the Students' Union with respect to operational matters

Chair of the following committees and groups:

  • Professional Services Group

Manages the following:

  • Heads of Professional Services Departments: Campus Services, Estates, Finance, Human Resources, IT Services, Library Services, Marketing & Engagement, Planning, Research & Innovation Support, Student Services, Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA), Lean University Team, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Office

  Mike Davies: Director of Finance

  • Overall responsibility and accountability for the University’s Financial Strategy
  • Short and long term financial planning and monitoring including advising on the setting of budgets across the University
  • Development and appraisal of the University Investment plan and strategy

Manages the following:

  • Finance Department

  Jayne Dowden: Director of Human Resources, Safety, Health & Environment

  • Overall responsibility and accountability for the University’s Human Resource Strategy, including equality, dignity and diversity
  • Leading on developing and implementing HR policies and practices across the University, including performance management, talent development, cultural change programmes and recruitment
  • Responsible for Health, Safety and Environment

Manages the following:

  • Human Resources, Safety, Health and Environment Department