Full Committee of the Cambridge Union (Lent 2017)

The Cambridge Union is an organisation that was founded and is run by students. Each term is planned and carried out by a combination of elected and appointed officers, with support from the organisation's staff and trustees.

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Standing Committee - Officers

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 - Katherine Dunbar, Magdalene


The President serves as the Chairman of the Standing Committee, debates and Members' Business Meetings. They 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 them.


Vice President - Leyla Gumusdis, Peterhouse 


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 - Charles Connor, King's


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 is in charge of the programme of debates for each term, 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 and management. 


Speakers Officer - Anna Bockmuehl, Peterhouse


The Speakers Officer is responsible for planning and then administering a programme of individual speakers across their term of office, and working with a team of appointed officers to facilitate the smooth running of these events.



Treasurer - Tom McArthur, Girton


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 - Andrea Borbely, Murray Edwards


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 Officer - Alasdair Donovan, Peterhouse


The Debating Officer is appointed by Standing Committee at the end of Lent Term. They are in charge of the debating side of the Union, coordinating 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. 

They have significant experience in university competitive debating and specific organisational experience in competitive debating prior to their appointment.

Standing Committee - Officers-Elect

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 - Harry Stovin-Bradford, Fitzwilliam


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 - James Burn, Christ's


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 - Jonah Surkes


The Speakers Officer-elect is responsible for crafting a program of single speaker events during 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 - Seun Adekoya, Queens'


The Treasurer-elect is responsible for securing sponsorship and members benefits for their term in office. 



Social Events Officer-Elect - Hattie Allison, Pembroke


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.



Appointed Positions

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 - James Fox, Christ's and Daniel Gruenwald. St John's


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 - Rhianna Voice, Trinity​ and Nancy Thorpe, Christ's

Senior Guest Liaisons - Penelope Jones, Pembroke, and Keir Murrison, Emmanuel (Debates), Dan Edwards, Girton and Jonas Dein (Speakers)



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. 

Deputy Guest Liaisons - Jali Packer, King's​ and Aatif Syed, Peterhouse (Debates), Ana Radomirescu​ and Owen Jack, Pembroke (Speakers)

Head of Audio-Visual - Henry Mitson, Gonville and Caius, and Jason Lee, Downing


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 Head of AV - Adam Grant, Gonville and Caius and Will Smart, Peterhouse 


Digital Media Editor - Tom Whittaker, Pembroke, and Jacob Chan

The DME is responsible for creating the recruitment video and editing together clips of Union events into promotional material. They are appointed as and when deemed necessary by the President at the time. The DME has access to all Union equipment and digital content.


Press and Publicity

Head of Press - Reza Rohani, Trinity, and Miles Kekwick, Girton


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 - David Orr, and Jade Charles, Magdalene


Heads of Publicity - ​Harry Michalakakis, Wolfson and Hani El-Bay, Trinity 


As well as publicising our regular events online, they are also responsible for maintaining our presence on Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media more generally.​

​Deputy Heads of Publicity - Khushali Dodhia, and Frederik Nielsen​, Peterhouse

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.


Other roles

Secretary - Charlotte McNally, Peterhouse


The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes of all debates, emergency debates, Standing Committee, Open and General Meetings. They also write the weekly emails.


Head of Membership - Page Nyame-Satterthwaite, Christ's


The Membership Officer is responsible for co-ordinating our outreach and recruitment efforts.  This Officer may manage their own budget and work closely with the Vice-President and other Officers, as well as the Bursar, to perform their duties.

Deputy Head of Membership - Sam Longton, Peterhouse

Diversity Officer - Camiella Basu, Girton


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 - Camellia Basu, Girton

Women’s Officer - Amy Stuart, Newnham  


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 - Amy Stuart, Newnham

Access Officer - Ellie Howcroft, Magdalene


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.

Access Officers Designate - Elizabeth Howcroft, Magdalene, Magdalene, and Xiaman Wu, St John's

Head of Debate Training - Etsuko Lim, St John's


Governance Committees

The Board of Trustees

  • The Rt Hon Lord Chris Smith PC (Chair)
  • Dr Nigel Brown OBE
  • Andy Swarbrick FCA
  • Dr Nigel Yandell
  • Nick Heath FRICS
  • The Hon Daniel Janner QC
  • Janet Turner QC
  • William Fitzalan Howard 
  • Tim Hayward 
  • David Branch 
  • The President of the Cambridge Union
  • The Vice President of the Cambridge Union 


The Directors of Cambridge Union Society Enterprises Ltd.

  • Andy Swarbrick FCA
  • Col. (Retd.) William Bailey
  • Tim Hayward 
  • The President of the Cambridge Union
  • The Vice President of the Cambridge Union


Review Committee

  • 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)



  • Col. (Retd.) William Bailey MBE, Bursar 
  • Joe Burman, General Manager 
  • Dr David Sellick, Accountant
  • Patrick Hanwell, Site Supervisor 
  • Bartolmiej Fajer, Bar Manager
  • Sam Heap, Barman
  • Nathan Caples, Senior Technician