Student Officer Team

Student Officer Team

There are six Student Officers elected annually:  President, Vice-President Education, Vice-President Activities, Vice-President Welfare and Community, Vice-President Sport and Vice-President Scarborough.

They are full-time paid representatives who take their position for a year.

Each officer will contribute to the work of the Union Executive Committee (UEC) in ensuring the collective voice of our student members is heard by the University, the local community and nationally.  The Union Executive Committee (UEC) consists of the Student Officers, who are responsible for implementing the vision, mission, values and strategy set by the Board of Trustees. The UEC focuses on representing students.

Essentially, UEC is there as the operational decision making body for the six different zones in Hull University Union. The Sabbatical Officers act as Trustees to hold each other to account, approving small amounts of capital expenditure and changing/improving the governance structures of Hull University Union. UEC is used to support other Student Officers, increase communication across the union and, most importantly, to represent students. When policy is passed, it then goes to Union Council for approval.

Student Officer Team

Matt Evans


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Matt Thorneycroft

Matt Thorneycroft

Vice-President Education
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Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

Vice-President Activities
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George Bainbridge

George Bainbridge

Vice-President Welfare & Community
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Si Hernandez

Si Hernandez

Vice-President Scarborough
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Matt Bramall

Matt Bramall

Vice-President Sport
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Part-Time Officers



Student Officers

Matthew Thorneycroft

VP Education

George Bainbridge

VP Welfare & Community

Amy Jackson

VP Activities

Matthew Bramall

VP Sport

Simon Hernandez

VP Scarborough

Governance Zone

Edward Towers

Campaigns and Democracy Officer

Aona Stuart

Environment and Ethics Officer

Welfare & Community Zone

Oliver Woodroffe

LINKS Officer

Connor Massey


LGBT+ Officers

Rayne Goddard

Claire Govera

BAME Officer

Kym Cardona

Women’s Officer


Disabled Students Officer

Education Zone


Mature Students Officer


Part-time Students Officer


Postgraduate Taught Officer

Rebecca Devine

Postgraduate Research Officer

Qiwen Wu

International Students Officer

Vassili Crispi

Faculty Rep Hull York Medical School

Steven Storey

Faculty Rep Faculty of Science and Engineering

Jack  Price

Faculty Rep FACE

Victoria Welborn

Faculty Rep Faculty of Health and Social Care

Charlie Banks

Faculty Rep Business, Law and Politics

Theodoros Stylianou

Lisa George

Course Rep Forum Rep

Carla Busuttil

Course Rep Forum Rep

Activities Zone

Christopher Knott

Chair SEC


Chair Media

Danielle Griffin

Chair RAG

Max Cummins

Societies Council Rep


Bernhard Budin

Campaigns Officer

Josiah Barker

Community Officer

James Lamb

Sports Officer

Eden Clark

Welfare Officer

Rebecca Potter

Education Officer

Rosalyn Davey

Equality and Diversity Officer

Sports Zone

Evie Edmed

AU Tour Officer

Declan  Whiting

AU Kit & Equipment Officer

Jags  Sanghera

AU BUCS Officer

Millie Rowbotham

AU Participation & Inclusivity Officer

Laura Webb

AU Secretary & Communications Officer

Kimberley Houghton

AU Varsity & Events Officer

Ben Howard

Councillor for Scrutiny - Education

Elizabeth  Barraclough

Councillor for Scrutiny - Education

Oliver Edward Taylor

Councillor for Scrutiny – Governance

Christian Calgie

Councillor for Scrutiny – Governance

Salman Anwar

Councillor for Scrutiny - Activities


Governance of HUU is carried out by a Board of Trustees. This includes the six Student Officers, four external Trustees selected for their skills and experience, and four elected Student Trustees.

The Board meets approximately four times per year to coincide with important times in the planning and reporting cycle. The Chief Executive acts as Secretary and advisor. The Board concentrates on planning for the future and positioning HUU so that it can continue to meet the needs of all our student members.

External Trustees

Simon Clements

University of Hull 1976-1979, Hispanic Studies

Head of Casework Division, Crown Prosecution Service

Simon Clements has been the Head of the Welfare, Rural and Health Division in the Crown Prosecution Service since its formation in 2011 to take on work at the time prosecuted by Defra and the DWP. Prior to that he was Head of the Special Crime Division from 2008. Their casework included corporate and medical manslaughter, deaths in custody, police misconduct, assisted suicide, election offences and allegations involving high-profile people. The most well-known cases dealt with included the prosecutions of MPs for fraudulent expenses claims. The Division also acted for requesting states in export extradition, two prominent recent cases were Dewani (extradition to South Africa for the alleged murder of his wife) and Assange (extradition of the founder of Wiki Leaks for allegations of rape). Simon joined the Thames Valley prosecuting solicitors’ office in 1984. He has worked in the Policy Division of CPS HQ, the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers and has been Head of the Investigating & Prosecuting Team at the DTI, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames Valley and Director of the CPS London South, covering ten London boroughs and the Central Traffic Unit.

Simon was elected a Bencher at Gray’s Inn in December 2011. He has been a Governor at his children’s primary school and a Governor at his former school, Lord Wandsworth College.


Stuart Ferguson

University of Hull 1994-1997, BA Hons History

Head of Investment London Waste & Recycling Board

Stuart has spent most of his career financing and supporting UK businesses across the charitable, public and corporate sectors. He has recently been appointed as Head of Investment at the London Waste & Recycling Board, an organisation dedicated to delivering the Mayor of London's strategy to improve waste management and position London as the centre for Circular Economy investment.

Prior to this he was Head of Fund Management at Big Issue Invest, a leading Impact Investor, investing in and providing strategic support to UK based charities and social enterprises such as Sheffield Futures and HCT Group. As part of the management team he was responsible for positioning the organisation as a leading Impact Investor, helping to lead development of Social Impact Bonds in the UK. Stuart spent most of his career at Lloyds Banking Group having initially joined as a graduate trainee and ultimately assuming a senior position responsible for managing £5bn worth of assets. Stuart has significant Board level experience over the last 10 years, often helping to implement operational growth strategies and navigate businesses through difficult change management processes.


Robin Gilchrist

Masters in Business Administration, BA Hons Geography

Robin has 35 years’ business experience in international sales, strategy and consultancy positions combined with academic activities which include lecturing, a visiting professorship, chairing review boards and advisory boards. He has supported and sponsored joint research activities and other initiatives between commercial organisations and universities both in the UK and internationally.

Robin has been responsible for developing significant international business and has grown global sales for a number of companies including two major international telecommunications suppliers. With a strong strategic background, Robin has developed a number of strategic business plans for consultancy clients, international business customers, a government agency and for local government authorities within the UK. He has a track record of working within R&D/innovation and creative sales development roles and an excellent record of building/coaching winning teams. He also lectures on strategic planning at a leading UK business school.


Gaius Powell MBA

University of Hull 1984-1987, BA Hons Politics

Gaius is a freelance business development and marketing consultant with almost 30 years’ experience. In his last in-house role, Gaius was the Director of Business Development for £375m annual turnover professional services firm, Pinsent Masons LLP. During this time, Gaius led a global team of 80 people. Gaius has spent most of his career in the professional services sector, holding a range of roles including Head of Client Development and Marketing Manager. His early career was spent as an Account Manager with a full-service advertising agency.

Gaius has experience of leading and delivering on strategic change initiatives as well as the mentoring and development of individuals. Gaius has held many voluntary roles, including being a Parish Councillor for South Cave Parish Council and positions with Humberside St. John Ambulance and JCI (Junior Chamber International). During his time at the University, Gaius was elected as Chair of Educational Affairs, and was the current affairs editor of the “Hullfire” student Union newspaper.

He also holds the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing awarded by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


Student Trustees

Rebekah Greaves

Management & Business with Professional Experience Placement & Foundation Year

Being a first year undergraduate student studying Management and Business and the course representative for Management has inspired me to become more involved with HUU. Becoming a course rep enabled me to be aware of student needs and what they want to gain from our university. It has given me the opportunity to communicate with both students and academic staff to ensure the student voice is heard and to think strategically about solutions for any issues or improvements to the course.

During my time in education so far I have embarked on a range of roles and experiences which have developed me as an individual, gaining skills such as the ability to work effectively within a team, exercise independent judgement and be selfless with decision making. I was able to demonstrate these qualities as a student ambassador at my secondary school and also as a midday supervisor, responsible for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of pupils. I have also been gaining valuable business experience whilst working for a manufacturing company where the ability to think strategically and good organisational skills have been key aspects of my role.


Osaro Otobo

Biomedical Science BSc Hons & MSc in Cancer Imaging

I study Biomedical Science and will be studying Cancer Imaging at postgraduate level. I have been avidly involved with the Union since my first year. I am a coach and President of an AU club - women’s basketball - and have previously been Vice President, Captain, Treasurer and Secretary. I was awarded “Most Dedicated AU Club Member” in the 2015 HUU Awards. I’ve been a member of two successful presidential campaign teams in the HUU elections – I care a lot about our Union and always want it to be the best it can possibly be.

I am very organised and completely dedicated and passionate about any role I undertake. I have the ability to exercise independent judgement and think critically and believe I am selfless and have integrity – qualities that I will bring to the board as a student trustee. I have enjoyed my time here in Hull and would love to give more back to the student community through HUU.


Andrew Paluszkiewicz

BSc Biomedial Science

Since beginning my first year BSc Biomedical Science degree, I have become a member of the Bioscience Society football team as well as taking on the role of first year course representative for the Biomedical Science degree. This involves me liaising with students and academic staff to promote the positive aspects and solve the issues within the course and it has given me a good perspective of what students want to gain from our university.

Previously I have been involved in organising a charity football match in aid of Sports Relief, undertaken weekly volunteering at Derbyshire House residential care home and worked as a First Aider and stretcher bearer at Nottingham Forest Football Club and Trent Bridge Cricket Club. I have also attended a one week work placement in St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London, in an NHS Pathology laboratory and taken part in a six month STEM project requiring in-depth, professional contact with Boots Contract Manufacture.

I want to help achieve the Union’s objectives by providing a student view on HUU decisions so that the interest and welfare of us students are at the heart of every decision made. From the diverse array of activities and sectors I have involved myself with, I will be able to contribute positively to the HUU aim of acting as a channel between students, the University and external bodies with the relationships I have made.  The amount of opportunities I have participated in has inspired me to help HUU achieve their objectives to provide “cultural, social, sporting and recreational activities, opportunities to volunteer” because I understand how increasing our experiences can act as a catalyst for achievement.


Shannon Webb

BSc Biomedical Science

I am a highly involved member of the AU and have been Club Captain of Netball League. I am an organised individual, very dedicated to my course and sports club. I have previously been a first aider with St John’s Ambulance, taking part in weekly training and regular duties, and volunteered for two years at a care home, supporting vulnerable adults.

Being a trustee of a charitable organisation will help me to develop further and learn new skills. Being a student trustee will allow me the opportunity to improve my communication skills by working in a decision-making team and broadening my depth of knowledge. I am keen to learn more about the Union and understand the decisions that are made in the running and organisation of the Union and the University and I hope to be an asset to any critical thinking team.

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Matthew Thorneycroft, Vice-President Education

BSc Accounting with Professional Experience

I ran to be VP Education because like you, I have suffered the frustration caused by the lack of appropriate communication from the university, such as room changes, cancellations, and missed events. I also understand the desire for consistency in the quality of teaching between lecturers and faculties.

For example, the use of lecture capture and fully utilising online resources. Therefore, my key reasons for standing are to:

  • Improve communication across the university - such as text notifications through iHull
  • Implement best practices within and between other faculties.
  • Introduce more peer mentoring and learning opportunities.
  • Improve placement experiences and regulations.

From my experience as a Faculty Co-ordinator I have continuously striven to improve the student experience and go above and beyond what is expected. For example, I have revamped a large amount of HUBS communications, obtained more core text books, introduced more support networks for courses reps, and introduced a Faculty Ball. These accomplishments have all been driven by my passion to improve the student experience for students like you. I know that together we can bring real change to both the Union and University to give you the quality of education you deserve.


Si Hernandez, Vice-President Scarborough

BA Popular Music and Masters, Music

I campaigned for student experience, campus vibrancy and opportunities for all students to be heard.

Over the past year, I've acted with Scarborough's best interests at all times. To do this, I've arranged lecture shout-outs to keep you in the loop, created the role of Equality & Diversity Officer and lobbied the University to provide grants to visit the Hull campus.

But this is only part of the picture, what now? I aim to carry out a campus-wide campaign regarding your experience as a Scarborough student. This will be in three parts: academic, services, and the transition. Whether this is problems with support from lecturers, campus facilities, or effects of the transition on your wellbeing, we need to act now! To create more vibrancy on campus by opening up the building to the community, whilst ensuring a safe place for students. We can do this by opening up open mic to local musicians, the shop to local residents, or Waves for Sunday lunches. We also need to change how we do activities and events. One solution may be “Activity Nights” run by HUU. For example, a Harry Potter society night or a sports night with lacrosse. Getting your feedback with better use of technology – firstly, by a thumbs up system where you submit an idea and if the idea gets enough votes it gets discussed at Union Council. Secondly, by app voting. This is where a notification would appear and you could select yes, no, or a link to more info.

My goal is to ensure your voice is heard at all times.



George Bainbridge, Vice-President Welfare and Community

BA History with Economics

It is my aim to use my previous experience working within the Union together with my charity work to improve the existing structure. By combining these experiences I believe I will be able to fulfil the important tasks that this role demands.

I intend to change the dynamic of the Union, I see this role as that of an individual tasked with being a representative for you. There is a need for interaction with students on current matters, in other words asking students what they want rather than deciding for you. I will be a more physical presence in everyday life at university rather than being a “behind the scenes” figure.

More accessibility will be available by creating drop-in hours on a weekly basis for you as well as regular meetings with sports presidents or heads of societies. This will ensure that everyone’s voices are being heard throughout the year as opposed to solely at election times to keep the Union constantly engaged in current affairs. In my time at university the image of the Union has changed to that of an organisation that is not for the students but rather an almost independent body. I want to change this view to make you feel like you are part of your own Union and have the ability to change matters that you care about.


Amy Jackson, Vice-President Activities

BA History

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - Fighting for bigger budgets, more exposure and better support. The activities zone has suffered long enough with tight budgets, underexposure and a lack of support. Having been involved in the zone since first starting university, it has become a huge part of my life. Taking on the role of Chair Societies last year has meant that I have been able to work on issues affecting the students, from lobbying for better access to space for societies, to changing the format of the monthly societies council to make it more engaging and democratic.

My focus always has been and will continue to be engaging with the wants, needs and ideas of members and doing all I can to achieve these. This is why my aims are twofold: firstly I will make it my priority to return the faith of those involved with the zone, by lobbying for increases in budget, and fighting to get volunteers the respect they deserve. Secondly, I will improve marketing and the exposure the zone receives. With over a hundred societies, countless members of the ISA, thousands involved in RAG events throughout the year and hundreds of Hullfire Media contributors, the amount of publicity the zone receives is pitiful in comparison. The zone needs someone to stand up for it and I promise to be that person.


Matthew Bramall, Vice-President Sport

BA Politics and International Relations

Putting sport back into the university spotlight! My primary ambition is to bring sport clubs back to the HUU. I want to lead a collective effort to create a unified sport community. It is essential to make the university and its students proud of the aspirations we have for sport. Let’s get everyone talking about sport again. Taking a step back for a second, one can see there is a huge opportunity for sport on campus and beyond. With the City of Culture on the horizon, sport needs to be able to showcase its full potential.

I have been involved in sport teams for the last three years; captaining teams and giving all clubs a voice on student media. I have developed an insight of what clubs really require from HUU. Having this experience and knowledge I feel will allow me to fulfil this role with the utmost distinction. I recognise the importance in encouraging and developing the growth of sport across all aspects of the campus. Our match days should be campus spectacles! All club activities should be widely celebrated.

Liberation Campaigns

Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME)

The BAME Committee exists to voice the concerns, address the issues of, and improve the educational and social environment for Ethnic Minority Students in Hull at both undergraduate and graduate level.

The Chair of the BAME Students’ Committee, as a representative of the Committee and the students they represent, has a vote on Union Council.



Disabled Students Committee

The Disabled Students’ committee aims to remove the stigma from all disabilities, challenge perceptions and encourage all members of our society to take a positive attitude towards understanding the nature of disability and overcoming prejudices. They also help to signpost students to the University of Hull’s Disabilities Services who can help with numerous support issues.

The Chair of the Disabled Students’ Committee, as a representative of the Committee and the students they represent, has a vote on Union Council.


University of Hull Disabled Students Community

Women's Committee

The Women's Committee works for women through welfare support and to eliminate all forms of gender disadvantage. The committee provides a wide variety of services, resources and events for women in at the University of Hull.

The Chair of the Women’s Committee, as a representative of the Committee and the students they represent, has a vote on Union Council.


Hull Women's Committee


Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender+ (LGBT+)

LGBT+ aims to support the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, ensuring that they have a voice on campus and a place to meet other LGBT+ people.

We have a diverse University population and sexual preference and gender identity can mean many things. The plus of LGBT+ reflects the welcoming definitions of the committee, which is open to everyone including straight allies.

The Chair of the LGBT+ Students’ Committee, as a representative of the Committee and the students they represent, has a vote on Union Council.


University of Hull LGBT+




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