Council

 

The Governing body of the School is the Council. The Council's role is to:

  • oversee decisions about the educational character and mission of the School
  • ensure the School's financial and operational viability
  • act as arbiter in strategic matters concerning the School's values
  • safeguard the reputation of the School

The Council is comprised of independent, academic and student members, appointed under the Memorandum and Articles of Association. They are Company Directors of the School. The Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Council are the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Court of Governors.

The Council meets six times per annum. There are a number of committees of the Council which are formally constituted with terms of reference. The principal Council committee is the Finance and Estates Committee, which advises about financial matters.

Membership

Member Status 
Dr Susan Liautaud Interim Chair of Council (until 1 October 2019) and Vice-Chair of the Court
Mr Ali Nikpay Vice-Chair of the Court
Dame Minouche Shafik Director
Professor Emily Jackson Vice-Chair of the Academic Board
Mr Roger Mountford Chair, Finance Committee 
Zulum Elumogo  General Secretary of the Students’ Union
Mr Alastair da Costa Lay Governor
Mr John Hughes  Lay Governor
Mr Nigel Hugil Lay Governor
Ms Elisabeth Stheeman  Lay Governor
Vacancy Lay Governor
Vacancy LayGovernor
 Professor Simona   Iammarino  Academic Governor
Professor Terhi Rantanen  Academic Governor 
Professor Alex Voorhoeve  Academic Governor 
Mr Akash Mehta Student Governor

Dame Shirley Pearce has stood down temporarily as Chair of Council until 1 October 2019.  She retains the position as Chair of Court.  

 

Terms of Reference

The Council is the Governing Body of the School and is the body exercising all the functions of, and being for the purposes of the Companies Act 1985 and the Articles of Association of the London School of Economics & Political Science, the Board of Directors of the Company.

Subject to the provisions of the Companies Act 1985, the Articles of Association of the School and to any directions given by special resolution, the business of the Company is managed by the Council.

Council may exercise all the powers of the Company:

Subject to the provisions of these Articles, the Council shall exercise all the powers of the School which it may delegate to any person or to any body upon such terms and conditions as it sees fit provided always that the Council shall not delegate responsibility for:

  • The approval of the School strategy;
  • the approval of the annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • the approval of the School annual audited accounts;
  • the appointment (and removal) of the Director of the School;
  • the appointment (and removal) of the Secretary;
  • unless specified in these Articles, the making, alteration, amendment, repeal of or addition to any byelaws or regulations made under the provision of these Articles.

General Meetings

  • In their capacity as Members of the School, Council shall meet from time to time to discharge their responsibilities under the provisions of the Companies Acts.
  • Written notice of general meetings should be served on all Members at least 14 Clear Days’ before the meeting, indicating the business to be discussed and if a special resolution is to be proposed the notice shall set out the terms of the proposed special resolution.     
  • There is a quorum at a general meeting if the number of Members present in person or by proxy is at least four.
  • Except where otherwise provided by the Articles or the Companies Act, every issue is decided by the Members by ordinary resolution. The declaration by the person who is chairing the meeting of the result of a vote shall be conclusive unless a poll is demanded in accordance with procedures prescribed in the Standing Orders.
  • Every Member present in person or by proxy has one vote on each issue. In the case of an equality of votes the Chair shall be entitled to a casting vote in addition to any other vote they may have. Proxies may only validly be appointed by a notice in writing to the Secretary in accordance with the procedures prescribed in Standing Orders.
  • Except where otherwise provided by the Articles or the Companies Acts, a written resolution (whether an ordinary or aspecial resolution) is as valid as an equivalent resolution passed at a general meeting. For this purpose the written resolution may be set out in more than one document.

The Council shall not however delegate the following matters:

(a) decisions concerning the determination of the educational character and mission of the Company
(b) final approval of the annual estimates of income and expenditure for the Company
(c) ensuring the solvency of the Company and the safeguarding of its assets.

References to the Articles are based on the New Articles of Association of the London School of Economics & Political Science adopted on 23 January 2019.

The Articles of Association may be consulted on the LSE website

Meeting Schedule

September 2018

  • Tuesday, 18 Sep 2018 at 9:30am - Away Day RSA

October 2018

  • Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018 at 3pm in TW3.WBOX

November 2018

  • Tuesday, 20 Nov 2018 at 3pm in TW3.WBOX

February 2019

  • Tuesday, 5 February 2019 at 3pm in TW3.WBOX

March 2019

  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at 3pm in TW3.WBOX

May 2019

  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019 at 3pm in TW3.WBOX

June 2019

  • Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019 at 3pm in TW3.WBOX

Committees of Council