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, and click here to read our Trustee Handbook.

 

Officer Trustees

 

 

Bilal Ijaz

GSU President

 

Mayo Femi-Obalemo

GSU Officer

 

Zoë Campbel

GSU Officer

 

Niel Lewis

GSU Officer

Student Trustees

 

 

Zoya Ahmed

Start date: 11/18

 

Oghenero Ologide 

Start date: 11/19

External Trustees

 

 

Liz Jones (Chair)

Start date: 28/01/14

I recently retired as 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.I have specific skills and expertise in H.R., leadership and change management and strategic planning. Being a trustee is fascinating and challenging and gives me a unique insight into contemporary Higher Education. Being a trustee is both interesting and challenging and gives me a unique insight into Higher Education.

 

Judith Baines

Start date: 02/02/20

I am Head of Careers and Employment at University of Hertfordshire (UH) with18 years-experience in careers and student development services across a range of HEIs. I am also a Board Director for the Institute of Student Employers. At UH I have responsibility for implementing employability innovations to support UH’s strategic priorities, a key one being improving employment rates. This work was recognised in the TEF Gold in 2018 and me being made a Principal Fellow of the HE Academy in 2019. I am passionate about social mobility and diversity issues with a mission to enable all students, from whatever background, to make informed decisions about their futures. This role gives me the opportunity to combine my interests with insights into the complexity of the workings of a Student Union and to add value where I can.

 

Shahidul Miah

Start date: 02/02/20

Shahidul is an experienced recruiter and headhunter who has worked for global companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG as well as start-up companies such as Rockpools, where he was the Partner in charge of the education practice. He set up his own consultancy, Bloomsbury Resourcing, in 2010 where he worked with clients across the education sector and wider public sector. He has maintained his interest in education since he started his career as a Lecturer in a further education college in London. He is also Vice-Chair of Governors at Mossbourne Community Academy.

 

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.

 

Tyron Woolfe

Start date: 02/02/20

I have joined the GSU Board of Trustees after returning from travelling across South America for 8 months. I was Deputy Director for Children, Young People and Partnership Services at the National Deaf Children's Society for 11yrs prior to that. I did my PhD at the University of Sheffield, having done my undergraduate in Psychology at Goldsmith's College, London. I did not really have much involvement with the Students' Union at both universities because of tiresome barriers around communication; I am deaf and use sign language. I have several experiences in the field of user involvement and marginalised groups. I have a keen eye for interpreting data and am keen to always make sure that people have their expectations managed. I have been a trustee of three charities; SignHealth, British Deaf Association and Royal Association of the Deaf. I am keen to see what I can bring to GSU from my lived experiences and qualifications.

 

Zohra Hamidi

Start date: 23/07/19

Zohra Hamidi is the Finance Manager at UCL.
 

 

 

University Trustee

 

 

Paul Butler

Start date: 26/01/16