Full Committee of the Cambridge Union (Easter 2019)

If you have questions, suggestions or ideas for the Union, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email (president@cus.org) or in person at the Union building (9a Bridge St) - your input as a member is always really welcomed and involvement in planning the forthcoming term is also possible via the committees run by the Officers-Elect listed below.

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

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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 - Abdullah Shah, King's

Contact - president@cus.org

As President, President is head of the society,  serving as the Chair of the Standing Committee and debates. He is responsible for organising a programme of debates and overseeing the planning of other events during Easter 2019. 

If you have questions, suggestions or ideas for the Union, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email (Abdullah at president@cus.org) or in person visit the President's Office to the right-hand side of the Chamber.



Vice President - Alycia Leach, Clare

Contact - vicepresident@cus.org

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. Alycia ranks as second-in-command behind the President and facilitates the work of the termly Presidents, including assisting the handover between termly Officers, and inviting high-profile speakers in the long term. She also works extensively with the Bursar as well as the women's, diversity and access officers in their roles.



Executive Officer -  Haneen Zeglam, Murray Edwards

Contact - executive@cus.org

Haneen is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Standing Committee and fulfills a general facilitation role between other Committee members.  She 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. Haneen is also responsible for chairing the Executive Committee, which brings together appointees responsible for event planning and management. 



Speakers Officer - Adam Davies, Magdalene

Contact - speakers@cus.org

Adam 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 - Jamie Siviter, Trinity

Contact - treasurer@cus.org

Jamie is responsible for raising sponsorship funds for his term in office, obtaining local business discounts for members and directing the  Society's merchandising operations.




Social Events Officer - Emma Jing, Churchill

Contact - ents@cus.org

As Social Events Officer, Emma is responsible for organising a programme of social events for term including the spring ball, parties, food and drink tastings, musical events and the development of a Union nightclub venue.




  Debating Officers - Achilleas Papadimitriou, Sidney Sussex, and Alex Murray, King's

 Contact - debating@cus.org

The Debating Officers are 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 to serve in Michaelmas 2019

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 - Rachel Tustin, Peterhouse

Contact - president-elect@cus.org

The President-Elect is responsible for managing their team of elected officers and designates (women's, diversity and access officers) and planning the general outline of their upcoming term in office.



Executive Officer-Elect - Luke Hallam, Trinity


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 - Maximilian Yale, Christ's

Contact - speakers-elect@cus.org

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 - Sahil Baid, St. Catharine's 

Contact - treasurer-elect@cus.org

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



Social Events Officer-Elect - Daniel Mackinnon, Queens'

 Contact - ents-elect@cus.org

 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.



The Returning Officers

Two Returning Officers shall be appointed for every election by a vote of the Standing Committee. They shall be appointed in the third week of each term. The Returning Officers shall be responsible for the administration of the election and for enforcing the electoral rules as set out in Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 and must be a member of the Standing Committee.

The following individuals were appointed as Returning Officers for the Easter 2019 Election:

  • Alycia Leach, Clare, Vice President Designate
  • Luke Hallam, Trinity, Executive Officer-elect

Do direct any questions you may have regarding the electoral procedure to ro@cus.org

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. 

Bi-termly Positions

Most appointed positions serve for one term only. However, some positions dealing with longer strategic aims work for two terms in a row in tandem with the elected officers, serving a designate term for planning and a term in office for executing their plans.

Diversity Officer - Maha Munir, Murray Edwards

Contact - diversity@cus.org

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. 

  • The Diversity Officer(s) shall:
  • Be responsible for running the events they have organised during the previous term, in concert with the Officers.
  • Present a report to the Standing Committee during final week of their term detailing the work they have undertaken
  • Both the Diversity Officer(s) Designate and the Diversity Officers(s) shall:
  • Work with the President, Vice President, Officers and Officers-Elect to oversee a strategy for increasing the diversity of student involvement in the Society, and ensuring a diverse range of speakers are invited to speak each te
  • Work with Debating Officers to develop and oversee a strategy for increasing diversity in participation in debating workshops and competitions.

Diversity Officer Designate: Dhruv Kaushik, Trinity Hall

Women’s Officer - Eileen Maguire, Emmanuel 

Contact - women@cus.org

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.

  • The Women Officer(s) shall:
  • Report to the President.
  • The Women’s Officer(s) Designate shall report to the President-elect.
  • Prepare speaker events and forums for the following term
  • Help the Executive Officer-elect invite female speakers for the debates during the following term.
  • Be responsible for running the events they have organised during the previous term, in concert with the Officers.
  • Present a report to the Standing Committee during final week of their term detailing the work they have undertaken
  • Be a permanent invitee to Standing Committee, and the Women’s Officer Designate will have a transition period.
  • Both the Women’s Officer(s) Designate and the Women’s Officers(s) shall: o Work with the President, Vice President, Officers and Officers-Elect to oversee a strategy for increasing female involvement in the Society;
  • Work with Debating Officers to develop and oversee a strategy for increasing female participation in debating workshops and competitions
  • Liaise with Publicity efforts to maintain communication with feminist and Women's groups within Cambridge

Women's Officer Designate: Khadija Thair, Murray Edwards

 Access Officers - Nia Mosley-Roberts, Clare,  and Sara Dehvari, Murray Edwards

 Contact - access@cus.org

The Access Officers are in charge of crucial parts of the Union's charitable work, such as CUS Access initiatives, school and public visits and working with the Debating Officers to incorporate access into the debating programme.

Access Officers Designate - Angela Xia, Selwyn

Specialized Roles

Chief of Staff  -  Vincent Rustill, St. John's

The Chief of Staff oversees the strategic aims and needs of the Standing Committee and coordinates the personnel requirements for all events held by the Union, communicating them to the Chair of Chamber Committee. They are also responsible for leading and directing Union appointees at key events and are a permanent invitee to Standing Committee. 

Secretary - Alycia Leach, Clare 

Contact - secretary@cus.org

The Secretary is responsible for taking the minutes of all emergency debates, Standing Committee, Full Committee, Open and General Meetings. They also write the weekly emails, assist the Vice-President and respond to member's queries.

Chairs of Chamber Committee - Claudia Anderson, Homerton, and James Webb, Girton

The Chairs of Chamber Committee are responsible for overseeing the Generalists. The main responsibility is noting down the role preferences and availability of the team  and then using that information to coordinate the rota for the coming week with the Chief of Staff.

Head of Membership - Oliver Layzell, Trinity

Contact - members@cus.org

The Membership Officers are 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.

Heads of Audio-Visual - Louis Van Steen, Magdalene, and Faizaan Pervais, Churchill

Deputies - Trudy Yates, Peterhouse

Contact - audiovisual@cus.org

The Audio-Visual team 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 Audio-Visual team 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. 


The Union generalist plays a vital role in the running of the society, moving between various duties with great flexibility and ensuring the smooth running of the society. 

General Duties include:

  • Managing the logistical running of events 
  • Handling guests such as looking after debate guests and speakers, accompanying high-profile guests to and from the Society, dining with them, and ensuring they have a good time
  • Overseeing and contributing to the Union’s publicity strategy
  • Managing the Union’s relationship with both local and national press


  • Abhiram Bibekar, Christ's
  • Christian Owen, Trinity
  • Emaan Ullah, Homerton
  • Eoin McSweeney, Homerton
  • Helen Kwong, St John's
  • Jess Molyneux, Jesus
  • Joanna Nowinska, Clare
  • Joseph Hearn, Queens'
  • Kieron Spoors, Homerton
  • Lily Hilton, Newnham
  • Ming Kit Wong, Selwyn
  • Nikki Eames, Churchill
  • Seb Putman, Homerton
  • Sophia Arora, Fitzwilliam

Governance Committees

The Board of Trustees of The Cambridge Union Society

  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Smith of Finsbury PC (Chair)
  • Dr. Nigel Brown OBE
  • Dr. Nigel Yandell
  • Nick Heath FRICS
  • The Hon. Daniel Janner QC
  • David Branch 
  • Araba Taylor
  • Rachel Green
  • David Robinson
  • The President of the Cambridge Union, Rachel Tustin
  • The Vice President of the Cambridge Union, Alycia Leach

The Directors of Cambridge Union Society Enterprises Ltd.

  • Col. (Ret.) William Bailey
  • The President of the Cambridge Union, Rachel Tustin
  • The Vice President of the Cambridge Union, Alycia Leach
  • Dr. Nigel Brown OBE
  • Rachel Green
  • David Robinson

The 2020 Committee

  • Rachel Green (Chair) (ex officio President, Easter 1998)
  • Col. (Retd.) William Bailey MBE (Bursar)
  • David Branch (ex officio President, Michaelmas 1995)
  • Alex Forzani (ex officio Vice President, 2012-13)
  • The Hon. Daniel Janner QC (ex officio President, Michaelmas 1978)
  • Alycia Leach (Vice President, 2019-20)
  • Imran Mateo (ex officio Vice President, 2018-19)
  • Vincent Rustill (ex officio Treasurer, Lent 2019)
  • Abdullah Shah (ex officio President, Easter 2019)
  • Nick Wright (ex officio Vice President, 2014-15)

Review Committee

  • Joshua Blanchard Lewis (ex officio Vice President, 2008-9) (Chair)
  • Alex Forzani (ex officio Vice President, 2012-13)
  • Nick Wright (ex officio Vice President, 2014-15)
  • Page Nyame-Satterthwaite (ex officio President, Michaelmas 2017)
  • Frederick Dyke (ex officio Executive Officer, Michaelmas 2014)
  • Samuel Longton (ex officio Social Events Officer, Lent 2019)


  • Col. (Retd.) William Bailey MBE - Bursar 
  • Joe Burman - General Manager 
  • Ms Francesca Revelo - Accountant
  • Nathan Caples - Senior Technician 
  • Louise Gamon - Membership Secretary
  • Katherine Rickett - Events Coordinator
  • Sabine Edwards - Advertising and Sponsorship
  • Bartlomiej Fajer - Bar Manager
  • Sam Heap - Assistant Bar Manager
  • Leonardos Markakis - Bar Supervisor