Officer Trustees

All of our elexcted Exec Team (Sabbatical Officers) are Trustees by virture of their positions. 

 

From running Pangaea festival to leading the Activities programme, I ensure there are a range of opportunities for students outside their degree.

Born and bred in the rolling hills of the Somerset countryside my passion for Geography brewed from a very young age. After a year spent out in Hong Kong, I came back to Manchester ready to make the most of final year. I have been a part of Team Pangaea since my first year and it is one of the main reasons I ran to be officer! I love music and events and think that this is the area of work I would like to go into after this year. I played for the University lacrosse team throughout my studies and I love cooking and good food!

This year there are two main things that I am going to be working on. The first is developing a coherent and exciting events programme, that is tailored to what you guys and students want. From day time all the way through to late night events, I want to develop a programme that has something for everyone! Secondly, I am going to look into the unions sustainability and see what we can do here to improve our footprint and make our union as ethical as it can be. As a board member, I am looking forward to understand in more depth how these big organisations operate and the decision making process that goes into the running of a Students' Union.

I work to empower students to campaign on social and political issues across campus and within wider society.

I am responsible for tackling the local community issues; this includes students and local residents.

I lead on the Union’s liberation and diversity work to ensure equality within the University and beyond.

I support student reps and campaign for and promote the student agenda on educational matters.

I am from London and studied German and Spanish as my undergrad degree. I was part of the Enactus society in my final year in their project Speak Up, as well as Model UN and German Society. I’m still a fan of languages and European politics, and am still supporting Speak Up as it is a community education project. I’m a big HE (higher education) nerd but am also interested in environmental issues. I am currently binge watching Parks & Recreation and can’t wait for Blue Planet 2, Stranger Things and to see who’s going to win the Great British Bake Off.

In my manifesto I laid out my plans for the year – podcasting, education conference, more focus on postgrads and further work on the TEF and tuition fees. I think especially postgrads need more attention from the SU, and from a Trustee Board member perspective it is important we engage all our members. I am also keen to use my diplomatic skills on the Ethics Committee, and my knowledge of the SU means I am able to scrutinise operational plans and strategies well. I want to learn more about finance and how to govern the SU’s sub-organisations Manchester Academy Venues and Thirteen Media more effectively.

I am responsible for the overall running of the union. I represent students on high level university committees and I am the chair of the union trustee board.

I champion student welfare within the Union and University, from food to mental health support.

I am responsible for leading our Women's Campaign and areas such as our Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment policy and organising the Reclaim the Night march. 

 


Student Trustees

These current students at the University of Manchester serve as Trustees. They are appointed by the Governance and Appointments Committee.

   
 

Hannah Murray 

INTERESTS/MEMBERSHIPS/SOCIETIES:

English Literature and Spanish– final year, subject areas: urban development in Latin America, post-colonial literature.

Building the Christian Aid Society of Manchester Students’ Union, where I will be focusing on campaigns to help tackle climate change, raising awareness and engagement within the student body and working with the wider Manchester community.

I have worked with a number of NGOs, in England, Spain and Argentina and always hope to be a force of positive change.

WHAT YOU WISH TO ACHIEVE, LEARN and CONTRIBUTE TO THE BOARD AND STUDENTS’ UNION:

I hope to fairly represent the student body in order to help the Union become an even greater source of support and activities for the students.

To ensure that our well-being and positive university experience remains at the core of the Union, through dedication and positive contributions to the decision-making processes.

 

Christy Yuk Kwan Ng

INTERESTS/MEMBERSHIPS/SOCIETIES:

Christy is an international student born and raised in Hong Kong. She is a diverse campaigner and has worked on volunteering education and homelessness projects coordination. Christy is also a supporter and advocate for Fairtrade products. During her time in Manchester, Christy was the Communication Officer for Student Action, Awareness Group Leader of Access All Areas and the Campaigning Officer of the Oxfam Society. Christy loves travelling and is passionate about cultural exchange. And on ‘couchsurfing’, she occasionally meets and hosts new friends at her place, in exchange for their fascinating travel stories.

WHAT YOU WISH TO ACHIEVE, LEARN and CONTRIBUTE TO THE BOARD AND STUDENTS’ UNION:

I would devote my analytic skills and be able to be critical to the policies implementation at the Student Union. Personally, I wish that through the involvement in decision making for a developed charity organisation, I could know more about how a charity runs. I hope this opportunity can give me new perspectives on how a charity organisation should be organised and I am seeking new breakthroughs in the projects I am currently working on.

 


 

External Trustees

The Students' Union appoints three Trustees (who are not students or elected officers) to add extra skills to the Board. They are appointed by the Governance and Appointments Committee.

Jan Sowa is an experienced provider of business turnaround, organisational restructure, project optimisation and performance improvement. He has held four directorships in the leisure and social sectors, including founding and successfully running for nine years a licensed retail leisure business.

In 2008 he founded Greenhouse Strategic Marketing Planning where within the team he specialises in improving organisational strategy in the education and charity sectors in particular.

Jan studied Biochemistry at Manchester University and in his final year was elected sabbatical Events Officer at the students’ union, and from here commenced his career at Cardiff University Students’ Union, before joining Whitbread plc.

Elizabeth has worked for 20 years across Public health and private sector, in Adult and Children’s social care and Youth services as a senior manager in Strategy and commissioning, specialising in the area of User Participation Engagement Democracy and Pupil voice at the highest of decision making levels.  Youth work manager with Integrated youth support services. Is part time employed as Project Leader (Youth worker) for National citizen Service the Challenge and is Development worker at Trafford Rape crisis supporting women who have experienced rape and sexual violence, specifically Black women.

Elizabeth is a Professional Business Coach. Trainer in Equalities and diversity. Trained Counsellor.

Elizabeth is a Trade union and Community activist in the largest public sector union UNISON, where her experience in Employment law, Equalities legislation Workplace negotiations and Collective bargaining has earned her the elected senior lay member position of National executive. Elizabeth also has a specialism in working with young people, Disabled people, and ethnic minority communities having set up many high level user forums e.g. in Local implementation team - Mental Health, Physical & Learning disabilities, Safeguarding Board, Local strategic Partnership and Youth councils.

Elizabeth is a Strategic Business manager, a trained counsellor, a part time mature student at Ruskin College Oxford and is one of the external trustees for Manchester University Students' union. She also has a strong background in third (voluntary) sector and Charity working, having worked for Rape crisis centres Domestic Violence Helpline, Women’s refuges and with 42nd street. Elizabeth is a mother of four.