On 7 July 2015, in the Institution's 150th year, the Board of Governors of Cardiff Metropolitan University resolved to establish the position of Chancellor of the University and to appoint Miss Barbara Wilding CBE QPM, the then Chair of the Board of Governors, as the first Chancellor.
Barbara retired after 42 years of police service in December 2009 having spent 16 of those years as a strategic leader of international, national, regional and local policing. The majority of her operational career was spent as a detective in the Metropolitan Police serving throughout, leaving as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner on 31 December 2003 to take up the position of Chief Constable of South Wales Police. Barbara was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2006 Birthday Honours and retired at the end of December 2009 as Britain's longest-serving female chief constable.
Barbara was appointed High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan in 2011 and served as the Chair of the University's Board of Governors from 2011 to 2018.
Pro-Chancellor and Honorary President
On 1 April 1996 the Board of Governors resolved to appoint a President of the University and to invite the Lord Mayor of the City and County of Cardiff ex officio to be the incumbent of that office. On 7 July 2015, having resolved to establish the position of Chancellor of the University, the Board of Governors further resolved to appoint the Lord Mayor of the City and County of Cardiff ex officio as Pro-Chancellor and Honorary President.
The current Pro-Chancellor and Honorary President for the year 2020/21 is Councillor Rod McKerlich. As Lord Mayor, Councillor McKelrich is the First Citizen of Cardiff and lead ambassador for the City’s civic functions.