The Students’ Union is operated by three groups of people:

  • The Elected Officer Team
  • Full-time Staff
  • Board of Trustees

In practice, your elected Officers are responsible for the overall direction and activities of the Union during their year in post. The full-time staff team help support these Officers in what they set out to achieve and also provide specialist help to students or ensure the day-to-day smooth running of the SU. The Board of Trustees takes ultimate responsibility for the Union’s strategy and work as a charity.

Sabbatical Officers

Sabbatical Officers (Sabbs) are elected by students at Surrey to represent all students at the University. The five Sabbs are responsible for the daily running of the Students’ Union, and work alongside a dedicated team of permanent staff to make sure that your student experience is the best it can be.

Jo Yau

I am the lead student representative of the Students Union; I have a vision for the organisation and manage the…
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Amy Obi
VP Activity

Along with my Activity Zone team, I am responsible for helping co-ordinate and develop Surrey’s sports teams and societies. I…
Pronouns: She/Her
Liam White
VP Support

I lead the Support Zone, which is all about supporting your well being throughout your journey at Surrey. I lead…
Pronouns: He/Him
Kiara Kataike
VP Voice

I oversee the Voice Zone and I am responsible for keeping democracy at the heart of the Students’ Union. I…
Pronouns: She/Her

Supporting the Sabbs are part-time Officers:

The student officers are students who take a specific interest in a particular issue or section of the student population. Most importantly, they are part of a team of representatives and they are here to make sure the Union keeps a high profile around campus, communicates properly with students and takes everyone’s interests into account.

Abisola Adeolu
Abisola Adeolu
Part Time Officer – Community Zone

The balance between studying and social life. Hello. My name is Abisola, I study criminology BSc and I am currently…
Pronouns: She/Her
Alexandre Symeonidis-Herzig
Alexandre Symeonidis-Herzig
Societies Chair – Activity Zone

Societies Chair represents and promotes the interests of Union Society members and chairs the monthly Society Standings. PhD Candidate at…
Union Chair – Central Zone

I am one of the lead student representative who helps with engagement and policies of the Students’ Union. I am…
Pronouns: She/Her
Archie Jones
Archie Jones
Part Time Officer – Voice Zone

Part of the voice zone, which focuses in on the views and opinions of the students. 3rd year politics student,…
Pronouns: He/Him
Chelsea Okyere
Chelsea Okyere
Part Time Officer – Voice Zone

My role in the Voice Zone will be to spotlight student voices through collaborative efforts within my Zone and throughout…
Pronouns: She/Her
Dhanraj Singh Puri
Dhanraj Singh Puri
RAG Chair – Community Zone

Hi, I am Dhanraj aka Dhanrag, I am doing my master’s in Entrepreneurship and Innovation management at the University of…
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Frey Turner
Frey Turner
Part Time Officer – Support Zone

Hello! I’m a Music and Sound Recording final year student, and I’m here as part of the Zone to ensure…
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Hritika Shah
Hritika Shah
Part Time Officer – Activity Zone

Isobel Adamyk
Isobel Adamyk
Part Time Officer – Support Zone

As part of the Support Zone, I am here to make your time at university the best it can be…
Pronouns: She/Her
Joshua Powell
Joshua Powell
Team Surrey Chair – Activity Zone

Team Surrey Chair is responsible for running the monthly sports standings to ensure all Clubs are kept up to date…
Pronouns: He/Him
Luana Vasconcelos
Luana Vasconcelos
Part Time Officer – Voice Zone

As a part-time officer in the Voice Zone, I am here to support students who have something to say. I…
Pronouns: She/Her
Matt Cockfield-Hall
Matt Cockfield-Hall
Part Time Officer – Community Zone

Helping to arrange events around campus and coordinate sustainability efforts I’m an Aerospace Engineering student currently on placement at Rolls-Royce…
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Michael Yeung
Michael Yeung
Part Time Officer – Community Zone

Through my role as a Part-Time Officer, I am a representative of the student body here at Surrey, working under…
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Molly Judd
Molly Judd
Part Time Officer – Voice Zone

A team member that strives to create democracy and get others voices heard within the university. A role that fronts…
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Namrata Shah
Namrata Shah
Part Time Officer – Support Zone

Support Zone member. Dedicated towards positivity. Manifesto Open Here   3 Priorities for the Year Students welfare Achieving desired goals…

Full Time Staff

The Union is also staffed by a dedicated team of permanent employees. The staff may help by providing specialist advice, managing events or venues such as Rubix, and by ensuring the smooth running of day-to-day operations.

Central Zone

Alex Mckee
CEO – Central Zone

My job is to lead the Union’s staff team and ensure that the whole organisation is run efficiently and to…
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Debra Rideout
Deputy CEO – Central Zone

I am the Deputy CEO of the Students’ Union with responsibility over all things finance and commercial. I manage the…
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Kath Phillips
Head of People and Representation – Central Zone

I lead on all our people related processes and look after the Union’s staff team including student staff. I also…
Pronouns: She/Her
Natalie Bancroft
Finance and Legal Manager – Central Zone

As the Finance & Legal Manager for the Students’ Union I aid in producing the finance reporting for all Zones,…
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Sam Hallam
Systems Manager – Central Zone

I look after all of the Students’ Union systems including our websites, club and society websites, staff softwares and any…
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Lisa Lynch
Communications Manager – Central Zone

My role is to oversee all the communications provided by the Union, whether that is communicating an officer’s campaign or…
Pronouns: She/Her
Rosalie Enriquez
Finance Coordinator – Central Zone

Hi, I am Rosalie Enriquez and work as a Finance Coordinator in the Student Union. I have graduated with BS…
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Monika Elliot
Finance Coordinator – Central Zone

My role as Finance Coordinator is to accurately maintain financial records and day to day financial transactions for the Student’s…
Pronouns: She/Her
Nyah Walby
Content Creation Assistant – Central Zone

I’m in charge of all things social media! Keeping students up to date with campaigns, activities and developments happening at…
Pronouns: She/Her
Myren-Elis Mambet
Web Development Assistant – Central Zone

My priority is helping the Union in enhancing the web platforms so that Surrey students can get the best out…
Pronouns: She/Her

Activity and Community Zones

Charlotte Mills
Interim Students Activity Manager – Activity Zone

Working in the Support Zone, my role is to provide independent and honest advice to any student within the University…
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Jodie Varma
Activity Zone Manager – Activity Zone

My role as Student Activities Manager is to oversee all on campus Activity, from Clubs and Societies to trips and…
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Jade Johnson
Community Zone Manager – Community Zone

I work alongside the VP Community and Community Zone to bring students together – that covers all events, including Rubix…
James Lackovic
Head of Commercial Operations – Community Zone

Head of Commercial Operations overseeing Rubix, Hari’s Bar, The Basement and Manor Park Social. Experienced & pragmatic multi site operations…
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Scott Martin
Student Activity Coordinator – Activity Zone

My role as Student Activities Coordinator is to help facilitate all things activity and work with clubs and societies, whether…
Pronouns: He/Him
Sam Hill
Venue and Productions Coordinator – Community Zone

I look after maintenance of the transport fleet as well as help with Union venues operations and Technical Services operations….
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Chris Kennedy
Assistant Venue Manager – Community Zone

I am tasked with running Manor Park Social for you and will always strive to make it as representative of…
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Amelia Hoy
Events and Venue Assistant Manager – Community Zone

My role is to manage and oversee all things Rubix! This involves running the day-to-day operations of the venue, including…
Pronouns: She/Her

Support and Voice Zones

Zoe Wilkes
Support Zone Manager – Support Zone

Anything that helps support students through their University experience! I would say there are four main parts to my role:…
Pronouns: She/Her
Hannah Jones
Voice Zone Manager – Voice Zone

Managing Voice Zone projects including Surrey Decides, Student Equality Network, student-led campaigns and activism, and researching student opinion. Supporting the…
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Danielle Doughty
Student Support Coordinator – Support Zone

As a Student Support Coordinator, I provide independent and honest advice to any student within the University of Surrey community….
Pronouns: She/Her
Saffron Cutts
Student Voice Coordinator – Voice Zone

My role as Student Voice Coordinator is to support and coordinate both the Course Rep and Head Rep programme. I…
Pronouns: She/Her

Board of Trustees

The Students’ Union is a registered charity and so we’re required to have a group of people that take responsibility for the smooth running of the Union’s operations: the Board of Trustees. 

The Board of Trustees is led by your elected President, plus all 4 Vice-Presidents, the Union Chair, one trustee from the University, and several external trustees.

The Board’s Chairpeople And External Trustees

Union President, Chair of the Board

The Students’ Union President is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Students’ Union whilst they are in office. The President is elected by students at Surrey and is always the election with the highest turnout, and so they run meetings of the Board of Trustees.

Amanda Massie, Bsc Hons, FCIS, External Trustee / Deputy Chair

I have been elected as Deputy Chair of the Board for 2021/22 – a role covering chairing the board in the absence of the Chair and to provide year-to-year continuity in the CEO’s annual review.

Amanda joined the Trustee Board in May 2016 and was appointed as an independent external Trustee on 1st September 2018.  She was previously both Group Company Secretary and a member of the Group Executive Management Boards of Mouchel Group plc, WS Atkins plc, Hyperion Insurance Group Ltd and Indemnity Management Services Ltd.  She is an experienced commercial Company Secretary and director, with a strategic and listed company background.

Amanda has spent over 24 years advising directors, particularly the Chairman and independent directors, on governance and board matters, and advising Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees, as well as holding executive roles on management boards and leadership teams, and managing various support areas.

Amanda is a Charted Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Martine Carter, University Trustee

Martine became a Trustee in October 2019.  As the University Trustee she was nominated by the Chair of the University Council, having worked for the University in a number of roles since 2011.  Martine’s current role in the University involves facilitating the annual and strategic planning processes – working with the Board on how it distributes its resources against the many competing priorities.  She is also responsible for overseeing risk, monitoring performance, and providing high quality data and information to support decision making, including what students say in surveys and in MEQs.  In 2017 Martine completed an MBA part time in the Surrey Business School so has first hand experience of being a student here too.  Before joining Surrey she worked at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton and in the voluntary sector. 

Matthew Dutton, External Trustee

Matt has lived in and around the Guildford area for 20 years, having finished his A-Levels in Farnborough 6th Form in 1993.  Matt has spent the last 10 years doing a degree in Computing, IT and Business and achieved a 2:1 in 2018.  Matt has worked in a number of industries, but primarily in Insurance and Government.  While attempting to gain a degree with the Open university, he has had to balance work and study as both a remote and a part-time student.  Matt is committed to professional development within Information Technology and is experienced in supporting early entrants into the IT profession. Matt is a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional.  Outside of work Matt enjoys Sailing with his young family and is an instructor in the Scouts, an organisation he has supported for over 20 years.

Rt. Hon. Anne Milton

Anne was the MP for Guildford from 2005 – 2019, and was Minister of State at the Department for Education from 12 June 2017 to 23 July 2019. Anne was appointed to the Health Select Committee, serving until December 2006, following her appointment as Shadow Minister for Tourism. In summer 2007 David Cameron appointed her Shadow Minister for Health. Between 2010 and 2012 she served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Public Health), Department of Health and was appointed to the government as a whip with responsibility for HM Treasury and HM Household. Anne trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and worked for the NHS for 25 years, as a district nurse and for people requiring palliative care.

Elected Members

In addition to the Union President who is Chair of the Board, all four Vice-Presidents and the Union Chair are trustees for the Union:

Staff in Attendance

The Board also includes three full-time staff who are employed by the Union. These staff are ‘in attendance,’ meaning that they do not vote, but may join the discussion if permitted by the Chair. 

Student Trustee

What is a Student Trustee?

Student Trustees sit on the Board of Trustees and have the same rights and responsibilities as the other members of the Board (including full-time officers). Student Trustees are not involved in the day to day running of the Students’ Union but take an overview of how the Union is performing, both financially and in delivering services to students.

Student Trustee Role

As a Student Trustee you will work alongside the rest of the Board of Trustees.

You will be expected to:

  • Attend approximately 5 Trustee Board meetings across the academic year
  • Attend any sub-committee meetings to which you may be appointed
  • Read through materials and papers in advance of Board of Trustee meetings
  • Keep in regular contact with the Chair of the Board of Trustees (USSU President) and other Trustees to be able to provide real-time feedback when queries and issues arise
  • Participate in Board of Trustee meeting debate and discussion, using your knowledge and experience to represent the views of the student body. At these meetings you will:
  • Contribute to the strategic leadership of the Students’ Union
  • Ensure USSU is operating in the best interests of the students
  • Monitor USSU’s progress against strategic aims and objectives
  • Monitor the financial performance of the USSU to ensure it remains financially secure and accountable
  • Promote the role of Student Trustee throughout the year and the recruitment period

​Student Trustee Responsibilities

Being a member of a charity board of trustees is an excellent opportunity to have oversight of the organisation and take on some key responsibilities.

  • As a Trustee, you must ensure the USSU is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit.
  • Trustees must ensure the USSU complies with its governing document (Articles of Association) and any regulations and laws that apply, such as Charity Law.
  • Trustees must always act in the best interests of the USSU, they need to ensure that:
  • They make balanced and adequately informed decisions
  • They avoid putting themselves in positions where there is a conflict of interest
  • They do not receive any benefit from the charity unless it is properly authorised and clearly in the interests of the charity

Trustees must act responsibly, reasonably, and honestly to ensure that:

  • The USSU’s asses are only used to support the work of the charity
  • No inappropriate risks are taken that may negatively affect the USSU’s assets or reputation
  • The USSU is not over committed in terms of resources
  • The USSU carefully considers any investment or borrowing
  • The USSU complies with any restrictions attached to its funds

USSU Trustees should use their skills and experience and take appropriate advice where necessary. They should ensure that they dedicate enough time, thought and energy to the role.

USSU Trustees must ensure that the USSU is accountable:

  • Be able to demonstrate that the USSU is complying with the law, that is it well run and effective
  • Ensure that it is accountable to its members
  • Maintain responsibility for any authority delegated to staff, volunteers, or sub-committees

What is the Time Commitment?

Although a key commitment within a charitable organisation, being a Student Trustee won’t take up too much of your time. We estimate that you’ll need to commit around 30-40 hours throughout the year.

The role lasts for one academic year. A Student Trustee may be re-appointed for a maximum further term of one year. A student may serve a maximum of two years as Student Trustee which may be consecutive or non-consecutive.

What Skills do I Need to be Successful?

The successful candidate will have an interest in getting involved in the higher education or student union movement. They will also have the following skills and outlook:

  • High level of integrity and a thorough understanding of confidentiality – at times you will have access to confidential information that cannot be shared beyond the Board.
  • Ability to put your own views aside and a willingness to put the charity’s interests above any other interest
  • Excellent verbal communication skills – you will need to be able to share your ideas/views when discussing issues in a small group
  • Strong interpersonal skills be friendly and willing to listen to views of others, take expert advice when appropriate
  • Remain professional and able to work well with others
  • Willingness to deliberate and able to come to a shared understanding and agreement even at times when there are differing views at the outset
  • Reliable and well organised with meeting skills

This role may be of particular interest to students who hope to work in the charity sector as you will gain invaluable understanding of charity law and issues affecting charitable organisations.

It may also be of interest to students who are interested in representation; or thinking of standing for a role in the USSU Leadership Elections as you will gain insight into the work of full-time officers.

What’s In It for Me?

  • It is a career-enhancing opportunity to oversee a multi-million-pound charity representing University of Surrey students
  • Amazing experience for any career, but especially for management, law, politics, finance, business, consultancy, accountancy, human resources, and public relations
  • You’ll develop invaluable skills to increase your employability whilst working with students and other professionals. It is a unique opportunity to gain experience within a charitable organisation.

You will also:

  • Make a positive impact in the USSU and contribute to decisions that will create a better experience for University of Surrey students
  • Develop and improve your transferrable skills such as time management, communication, and meeting skills
  • Demonstrate your ability to understand complex information and take responsibility for key decisions affecting the Students’ Union
  • Have the opportunity for personal development and training and receive support from the senior management team
  • Develop an excellent understanding and knowledge of the organisation’s work and an insight into the work undertaken within the zones
  • Understand and learn about organisational governance, such as strategic planning, account management and Charity Law
  • Opportunity to network and work with the USSU staff, elected representatives and students

Any Questions About the Role?

If you are interested and want to discuss the role, get in touch through

University Staff

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