The College is governed by an Advisory Council which may consist of up to 50 Governors, most of whom have to be elected to the role. There are currently 30 elected and nine ex-officio Governors.

Governing Board

Up to 15 Governors are also elected to the Board, the executive body responsible for the management of the College. The Board Members are the Trustees of the College as a charity. The Board regularly refers to the Advisory Council for advice concerning the direction and strategy of the College.

President of the Advisory Council

Professor René Weis

rene weisRené Weis is Professor of English Literature at University College London (UCL) where he has taught for many years.

He is a Shakespearian scholar and has edited King Lear, Henry IV Part 2, and most recently Romeo and Juliet. He has also edited the plays of John Webster and is the author of Shakespeare Revealed: A Biography, and of Criminal Justice: The True Story of Edith Thompson. His book The Yellow Cross: The Story of the Last Cathars has been translated into seven languages.

In 2009 he was awarded a three-year Major Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for a book on the genesis of Verdi's opera La Traviata. He is the University of London Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is an Alumnus of Goodenough College.

Chairman of the Board

Mr Eric Tracey

eric traceyEric Tracey was elected Chairman of the Board of Goodenough College in September 2016, having served as a Governor since 2005. He has a Master of Commerce degree from Auckland University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was a partner of Deloitte in London from 1980 to 2004 and subsequently completed a number of commercial Finance Director and Non-Executive Director roles. He is currently also Chairman of a small Investment Management Company and the UK Friends of Auckland University, a Council Member of the Stroke Association and a Non- Executive Director of Findel Plc.

He and his wife, Patricia, divide their lives between Westminster and Wiltshire and an annual holiday in New Zealand. He still plays cricket (including annually hosting a match against the College) and he and his wife enjoy opera, ballet, theatre and international rugby and cricket.

Board of Trustees

  • Eric Tracey (Chairman)
  • Alex Acland
  • David Brooks Wilson
  • Andrew Brown, QC
  • Corey Cook
  • Hugh Crossley
  • Dr Graham Davies
  • James Douglas
  • Dame Maura McGowan
  • Charles McGregor
  • Martin Schwab
  • Graham Ward, CBE

Elected Governors

  • Alex Acland
  • Lord Bilimoria
  • David Brooks Wilson
  • Andrew Brown, QC
  • Roger Chadwick
  • Chris Cobb
  • Corey Cook
  • Hugh Crossley
  • Dr Grahame Davies
  • Chantal-Aimeé Doerries QC
  • James Douglas
  • Jane French
  • Alan Gemmell OBE
  • Sir William Goodenough
  • Deborah Goodwin
  • Felix Graf
  • Ariana Huebner
  • Constance Jackson
  • Gregory Jones QC
  • John Lotherington
  • Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, DBE
  • David McCahon
  • Dame Maura McGowan
  • Charles McGregor
  • Anni Rowland-Campbell
  • Martin Schwab
  • Deborah Scott
  • Maureen Simpson
  • Euphemia Stavropoulou
  • Eric Tracey
  • Graham Ward, CBE, FCA
  • Professor Stuart Ward
  • Sir David Wootton

Ex-Officio Governors

  • Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
  • Professor Wendy Thomson, Vice-Chancellor, University of London
  • Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Andrew Goddard, President, Royal College of Physicians
  • Ms Fiona Wilkinson, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales 
  • Mr Richard Atkins QC, Chairman, the Bar Council
  • Mr Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council
  • Sir Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
  • The Hon. Alexander Downer AC, Chairman, Royal Over-Seas League

Emeritus Governors

  • Lord Fellowes
  • Lady Fretwell
  • John Polk
  • Sir Christopher Wates