BANGOR University has announced the appointment of it's first ever female Chair of its governing body, the Council.

Marian Wyn Jones becomes the first woman to Chair the Council since the university was founded in 1884, succeeding Lord Elis-Thomas who stood down last year.

This year, for the first time in the University's history, the role was advertised nationally, and shortlisted candidates were interviewed by an appointments panel which included members of Council and a student representative.

An award-winning journalist & documentary filmmaker, Marian had an extensive career at the BBC before developing a career as a Non-Executive Director at the highest level of public life.

She chairs the Finance and Performance Committee at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and is currently the vice-chair at Arts Council Wales.

Marian has also served on the governing bodies of several other charities and education establishments.

“It is an honour and a real privilege to be appointed to the Chair of Council at Bangor University." said Marian.

"The University has a long and proud tradition of excellence in teaching, research and student experience.

“It also plays a pivotal role in the civic and cultural life of Wales.

"I am looking forward to using my experience to lead the University and to build upon these strong foundations.”

Marian was raised in mid Wales, educated at Aberystwyth and London and has lived in North Wales for over 30 years.

Her interests include music and theatre, and she enjoys walking the Welsh countryside as well supporting the Wales national football team.