Trustee Board

The Union has a Trustee Board consisting of 13 Trustees: four Full-time Officers, four students, four Trustees from outside the Union and University, and one University Trustee. The Full-time Officers become Trustees as part of their paid role at the Union; the others volunteer their time. Find out more about our Trustees below.


Officer Trustees



Meike Imberg



Henry Setter

Vice President Welfare


Alessio Papa

Vice President Education


Jonathan Smith

Vice President Student Activities

Student Trustees



Cheyenne O'Kane

Start date: 11/18


Alexandra Opra-Dorobantu

Start date: 11/18


Zoya Ahmed

Start date: 11/18


Rabia Akhtar

Start date: 11/18

External Trustees



Liz Jones (Chair)

Start date: 28/01/14

I am the Executive Headteacher of Abbey Manor College in Lewisham, which is specialist provision for students who have been permanently excluded from school. My career has always been in education. I have a first degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from Aston University, where I was the first woman president of the Students’ Union. Subsequently I gained a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Education from the Institute of Education. My thesis focused on Student Voice. Being a trustee is both interesting and challenging and gives me a unique insight into Higher Education. I live in East Ham with my husband and two cats.


Mike Hughes (Vice-Chair)

Start date: 29/01/12

I've been self-employed as an Internet Engineering Consultant since 2010; before that I was the Chief Technical Officer of a non-profit member-led organisation and I'm also a Director of a non-profit in the sector. I graduated from Aston University with a BSc in Transport Management, despite vast amounts time being spent with the Students' Guild Entertainments Committee. I believe passionately in the Students' Union movement, and enjoy the challenge the Trustees have, balancing the SU’s role as an employer, a charity, and a democratic organisation, while all the time putting students at the centre of everything we do. It's why I volunteered to be a Trustee.


Nick Hopwood

Start date: 22/3/16

I currently work for the University of Sheffield as Head of Performance Venues, leading a team that manage and develop performance, conference and event spaces across the campus, for both internal and external use. Prior to this, I’ve always worked within the not-for-profit sector, primarily in live music, the arts and arts education. Recent roles at the Roundhouse in Camden and The Lowry in Manchester have focussed on commercial operations and trading, specifically bars, restaurants and retail, as well as events management. My role at Sheffield involves a very close working relationship with the Students’ Union there and this triggered my interest in the important role Unions undertake around Student support and representation.



University Trustee



Paul Butler

Start date: 26/01/16