To view meetings of Council, please view our committee calendar page here.

Council is the Governing Body of LSE. It has ultimate authority and accountability for exercising LSE’s powers in pursuit of advancing education, learning and research for the public benefit.

How Council operates

Council makes decisions in accordance with LSE’s constitutional and legal framework and Articles of Association, available in our Governance Resources. The Articles of Association are underpinned by a supporting governance architecture, key components of which are set out on these pages.

Council is directly responsible for:

  • approving LSE’s strategy
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • approving the annual audited accounts
  • appointing (and removing) the Director
  • appointing (and removing) the School Secretary
  • making, altering, amending or repealing any byelaws or regulations made under the Article, unless otherwise specified. 

Council may delegate other responsibilities where this is appropriate. See the Council scheme of delegation and the terms of reference of Council committees


There are eighteen Council members, including independent, staff and student members. Each is a trustee, company director and member of the School. Together they take collective responsibility for decision making. 

Council members' Decleration of Interests

Member Status 
Dr Susan Liautaud Chair of Council and Independent Member
Mr Ali Nikpay Vice-Chair
Baroness Minouche Shafik Director
Professor Martin Anthony Vice-Chair of the Academic Board
Mr David Gordon  General Secretary of the Students’ Union
Mr Alastair da Costa Independent Member
Mr John Hughes  Independent Member
Mr Johannes Huth Chair of Audit Committee, Independent Member
Ms Elisabeth Stheeman  Independent Member
Mr Donald Kaberuka Independent Member
Sir David Higgins Chair of Finance and Estates Committee, Independent Member
Dr Claudine Provencher Professional Services Staff Member
Professor Terhi Rantanen  Academic Member
Professor Alex Voorhoeve  Academic Member

Council minutes

We are committed to transparency in our decision-making. 

20 October 2020 (PDF)

23 June 2020 (PDF)

12 May 2020 (PDF)

11 February 2020 (PDF)

12 November 2019(PDF)

03 October 2019 (Away Day) (PDF)






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Council Committees

Terms of reference, membership, contact details and more

Governance Resources

Information about our legal and constitutional framework, key publications and guidance for committees.