The Cambridge Union Society is an organisation that was founded and is headed by students. Each term is planned and carried out by a mixture of elected and appointed officers, with support from the organisation's staff and trustees.
- Standing Committee
- Appointed positions - Events & Guests
- Appointed positions - Press & Publicity
- Appointed positions - Other
- Supplementary Committee
- Non-student committees, trustees and staff
Officers of the Cambridge Union are students elected by the membership of the Union. In addition to their individual responsibilities in creating their term's programme, they are also entitled to vote on decisions regarding the Union's operations and future. The Vice-President is a annually appointed position who holds the same voting rights as an Officer.
President - Christof Epaminondas, Trinity
The President serves as the Chairman of the Standing Committee, debates and Members' Business Meetings. He or she is responsible for organising a programme of debates and overseeing the planning of other events during his or her term in office. He or she is also the head of the Society and overall responsibility lies with him or her.
Vice-President - Nick Wright, Trinity
Vice-President Designate - William Fitzalan Howard, Robinson
The Vice-President is appointed by Standing Committee at the end of Lent as an annual position, and is responsible for the long-term direction of the Society. They rank as second-in-command behind the President, and facilitate the work of the termly Presidents, including assisting the handover between termly Officers, and inviting high-profile speakers well in advance. The Vice-President also works heavily with the Bursar as well as the student Officers.
Executive Officer - William Fitzalan Howard, Robinson
The Executive Officer is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Standing Committee and fulfils a general facilitation role between other Committee members. The Executive Officer chairs the President's Committee of College Representatives, and can be designated roles or assigned specific responsibilities according to the needs of each particular term. Also responsible for the chair of Executive Committee, which brings together appointees responsible for event planning an management.
Speakers Officer - Katherine Reggler, St John's
The Speakers Officer is responsible for organising the programme of individual guest speaker meetings for his or her term in office, and ensuring they are well looked after by the team when they attend the Union.
Treasurer - Jack Lewy, Trinity Hall
The Treasurer is responsible for raising sponsorship funds for his or her term in office, obtaining local business discounts for members and directing the Society's merchandising operations. (The responsibility for managing the Society's finances lies with the Bursar and the Accounts Manager).
Social Events Officer - Helen Lam, Homerton
The Social Events Officer is responsible for organising a programme of social events for their term including balls, parties, food and drink tastings, garden parties and musical events.
Debating Officers - James Riseley, Trinity, and Muhammad Asadullah Khan, Trinity
The Debating Officers are two positions appointed by Standing Committee at the end of Lent Term. They are in charge of the debating side of the Union, co-ordinating the entry and selection of teams to debating competitions, as well as training members in debating.
They also take a leading role in running the Schools' Debating Competition every year. These Officers have significant experience in university competitive
debating and specific organisational experience in competitive debating prior to their appointment.
In order to give our officers enough time to plan their term, all of the termly officerships are elected a term in advance and serve for a term as officers-elect. This enables them to become familiar with their role, work with their immediate predecessor and to plan effectively for their own time in office. The President-elect, flanked by two officers-elect, presides over the emergency debates that precede main debates. Officers-elect are also entitled to vote on Union business.
President-Elect - Oliver Mosley, St John's
The President-elect is responsible for managing their team of elected officers, and planning the general outline of their upcoming term in office,
Executive Officer-Elect - Fred Vincent, Clare
The Executive Officer-elect is responsible for assisting the President with the administration of their term, and is responsible for creating a program of forums and debates across their term in office. Other elected officers are expected to assist the Executive Officer in this regard, alongside Debates Committee.
Speakers Officer-Elect - Sachin Parathalingam, King's
The Speakers Officer-elect is responsible for crafting a program of single speaker events accross their term in office, supported by Speakers Deputies. These deputies are not members of Standing Committee, and appointments are made on an ad-hoc basis based on performance in Speakers Committee.
Treasurer-Elect - Charlotte Ivers, Pembroke
The Treasurer-elect is responsible for securing sponsorship and members benefits for their term in office.
Social Events Officer-Elect - Asia Lambert, Newnham
The Social Events Officer-elect is responsible for planning a range of social events for the term in office, and chairing any ents-related steering committees.
Whilst the Union is run by a team of elected officers on a bi-termly basis, the day-to-day activities of the Union are managed by a larger team of dedicated students appointed by elected officers for the duration of their terms. Senior Heads of departments are invited to attend Standing Committee meetings by the President, as well as other appointees as and when necessary. Applications to become an appointee are sent out at the end of each term by the incoming President.
Events and Guests
Heads of Events Management - Oliver Yeates, St John's, and Till Schoefer, Homerton
The HoEM is in charge of running the Society's events, by managing and encouraging stewards to work on events. The HoEM is a permanent invitee of Standing Committee, where they advise on the logistics of event running.
Deputy Heads of Events Management - Daniel Chouchena, Chirchill, and Basha Wells-Dion, St Catherine's
Senior Guest Liaisons - Sarah Sheard, Homerton, and Alex Eadie, Fitzwilliam (Speakers); Eleanor Hegarty, Clare, and Patrick Kirkham, Pembroke (Debates)
The Senior Guest Liaison Officers are responsible for looking after guests for debates and speaker meetings, accompanying our high-profile speakers to and from the Society, dining with them, and generally ensuring they have a good time. They also manage a team of guest liaisons responsible for shadowing guests and making sure they have everything they need from their arrival in Cambridge to their departure.
Head of Audio-Visual - Miranda Stocks, Hughes Hall
The HoAV is in charge of all the Union's technical systems, including creating and over-seeing longer term upgrade programs in conjunction with the Bursar and Trustees. This includes on-the-night operations management, including radio mic operation, live streaming, recording, over-flow room feeds, and the Union's YouTube account and more generally maintaining the Union's AV systems. The HoAV is also responsible for facilitating and coordinating live speakers, and questions from external members, and managing the team of regular AV stewards who assist at Union events.
Deputy Heads of Audio-Visual - Jonty Leibowitz, Sidney Sussex, and Matthew Jadczak, Robinson
Press and Publicity
Head of Press - James Hutt, Pembroke, and Mariella Salazar, Trinity
The Head of Press is in charge of the Society's presentation to student, local and national press (including radio). The Head of Press works directly with the President to co-ordinate our approach to the media., as is responsible for management of the Union's press-related presence online. Additional responsibilities includes reporting on all Union events, and acting as the Union's spokesperson.
Deputy Heads of Press - Matteo Violet-Vianello, Queens', and Tim Adelani, Peterhouse
Head of Online Publicity - Joshua Ellis, Queens', and Naomi Magnus, Robinson
The Head of Online Publicity, working alongside the Head of Campus Publicity, is responsible for all online publicity (with the exception of the weekly email) managing our presence on Facebook and Twitter and disseminating online publicity through things like email lists. They are also responsible for paper publicity, working with the Head of Design to create the posters for the term, and then ensuring posters and termcards reach colleges and faculties.
Deputy Heads of Online Publicity - Leyla Gumusdis, Peterhouse, and Sam Deans, Emmanuel
Head of Campus Publicity - Charlotte Petter, Murray Edwards
The Head of Campus Publicity, working alongside the Head of Online Publicity, is responsible for all campus-based publicity, including posters, termcard distribution, and managing the presence of the Union around Cambridge, in all colleges, and in Anglia Ruskin.
Deputy Heads of Campus Publicity - Alex Westin-Hardy, Pembroke; Nadia O'Shaughnessy, Magdalene; Edmund MacKeith, Sidney Sussex; and Elinor Clapson, Newnham
Chief Photographer - Chris Williamson, St Edmund's
The Chief Photographer appoints and runs a team of photographers, managing the photography at Union events. He or she will also manage Press Agency inquiries regarding photographs, and ensure that all photographs are properly archived and stored at the Union.
Secretary - Ash Nandi, Sidney Sussex
The Secretary is responsible for minuting all debates, emergency debates, Standing Committee, Open and General Meetings. They also write the weekly emails.
Webmaster - Oliver Jackson, Christ's
The student webmaster is responsible for upkeep, formatting, and streamlining of the website's content, menus, and layout.
Membership Officer - Jack Lewis, Trinity Hall
This is an annual role appointed at the end of Michaelmas; the Membership Officer is responsible for co-ordinating our outreach and recruitment efforts. This runs on a two termly basis at the start of Easter, and the position is thus vacant during Lent. The Head of Recruitment may manage their own budget and work closely with the Vice-President and other Officers, as well as the Bursar, to perform their duties.
Diversity Officer - Shounok Chatterjee, Trinity
The Diversity Officer is in charge of CUS Diversity initiatives. The Diversity Officer was made a bi-termly role in March 2015, and is appointed at the end of every term to serve one term as officer-designate, and one term in office.
Diversity Officer-designate - Rainy Paveenrat Wongprasert, Murray Edwards
Women’s Officer - Jane Baxter, Jesus
The Women’s Officer works to monitor and improve the gender balance reflected in attendance of Union events and in the speakers who are invited. The Women's Officer was made a bi-termly role in March 2015, and is appointed at the end of every term to serve one term as officer-designate, and one term in office.
Women's Officer-designate - Helen Dallas, Christ's
Access Officer - Georgia Hammerton, Homerton
The Access Officer is in charge of crucial parts of the Union's charitable work, such as CUS Access initiatives, which school and public visits, and working with the Debating Officers to incorporate access into the Debating programme.
Members of the Supplementary Committee assist the officers with their duties. Currently, six positions are elected each term. As its members help officers as well as officers-elect to perform their duties, those elected to the Supplementary Committee serve for only the term immediately succeeding their election, without an additional term's preparation.
Nailya Shangunova, Queens'
Following an alteration to the Union's Constitution; Supplementary Committee will cease to exist on June 18th 2015.
Non-Student Committees, Appointees, Staff, and Trustees
- Julien Domercq (ex officio President, Michaelmas 2009) - Chair
- Joshua Blanchard Lewis (ex officio Vice President, 2008-9)
- Jan Jonathan Bock (ex officio Senior Committee Member, Michaelmas 2009)
- Lauren Davidson (ex officio President, Lent 2011)
- Joel Fenster (ex officio President, Easter 2013)
- Alex Forzani (ex officio Vice President, 2012-13)
- Rahul Mansigani (ex officio Treasurer, Easter 2010)
- Sophie Odenthal (ex officio Speakers Officer, Lent 2012)
Board of Trustees
- Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE (Chairman)
- Dr Nigel Brown OBE
- Mr Andy Swarbrick FCA
- Dr Nigel Yandell
- Mr Nick Heath FRICS
- The Hon Daniel Janner QC
- Janet Turner QC
- Christof Epaminondas, President of the Cambridge Union
Directors of Cambridge Union Society Events Ltd.
- Mr Joe Burnham
- Mr Nicholas Wright
- Colonel William Bailey
- Colonel William Bailey, Bursar
- Dr David Sellick, Accountant
- Rachel Bailey, Office Supervisor
- Patrick Hanwell, Site Supervisor
- Joe Burman, Events Manager
- Ben Keen, Bar Manager
- Bartłomiej Fajer, Barman
- Emily Stranger, Events Administrator
- Sam Haskell, Senior Webmaster