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.
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 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.  Jenni was studying BSc Psychology before taking the role


Student Trustees

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


Daniel Lashley-Johnson (known as Deej) is in his second year of BA (Hons) Social Sciences. He is a mature student and loving dad to Dillara who he lives with in Ashton, Greater Manchester. He is a hard working black activist and political campaigner, sitting on the NUS Black Students’ Committee and Manchester Labour Students’ Committee, as well as being one of the elected BME Students’ Officers with a place on the Students’ Union Senate. He is a proud Muslim and his interests include listening to hip-hop and spending time with his family.


Sara Khan 

Sara is a second year English Literature student from Bristol. She was born in Saudi Arabia and has lived in Canada for a number of years. In her spare time she is the Treasurer of the University of Manchester Feminist Collective, BAME Officer for Manchester Labour Students, as well as being the other BME Students’ Officer at the Students’ Union. She is a passionate anti-sexual assault campaigner and strong advocate for consent awareness and training. Sara is hoping to continue her studies into postgraduate education with the eventual goal of a career in academia or politics. 


Leigh Johnson 

Leigh is a final year Religions and Theology student who was born in London but moved to Liverpool. She’s one of the current Undergraduate Humanities Faculty Officers and volunteers as a teacher in her spare time. She is passionate about education and will be working on projects throughout the year to diversify the curriculum and improve support for disabled students. She loves to travel and after University plans to visit all 50 states of the USA – she’s only got 34 to go! Leigh loves an adventure and once climbed a volcano in Ecuador.



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.