Full Committee of the Cambridge Union (Michaelmas 2019)

The Cambridge Union is an organisation that was founded and is ran by students. Each term is planned and carried out by a mixture of officers and appointees, with support from the organisation's non-student staff and trustees. The governance of the Cambridge Union is mandated by its Constitution. The Society remains one of the oldest debating societies in the world and has stuck by its founding mission, to defend and preserve free speech, for over 200 years. 

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Standing Committee - Officers

The Standing Committee (or 'Voting Members') is the Union's primary managerial body of 13 members, which consists of the current President, the Vice President, and Officers, the President-elect, Officers-elect, and the Debating Officers. All Officers of the Union are elected by its membership on a termly basis, with the exception of the Vice President and two Debating Officers, who are appointed to serve on an annual basis. 

President - Rachel Tustin, Peterhouse

Contact - president@cus.org

The President is head of the society,  serving as the Chair of the Standing Committee and debates. They are responsible for organising a programme of debates and overseeing the planning of other events during Michaelmas 2019.




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. The Vice President 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. They also work extensively with the Bursar as well as the women's, diversity and access officers in their roles. Though the Vice President is appointed, they have the same rights as an elected Officer.



Executive Officer - Luke Hallam, Trinity

Contact - executive@cus.org

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. They are also responsible for the Executive Committee which brings together appointees responsible for event planning and the management of the Generalists. 



Speakers Officer - Maximilian Yale, Christ's

Contact - speakers@cus.org

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 - Sahil Baid, St. Catharine's 

Contact - treasurer@cus.org

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



Social Events Officer - Daniel Mackinnon, Queens'

Contact - ents@cus.org

The Social Events Officer is responsible for organising a programme of social events for term including the Fresher's Ball, parties, food and drink tastings, weekly quizzes, and musical events.


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 the 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 Lent 2020

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 - Gabriel Barton-Singer, Trinity

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 - Emaan Ullah, Homerton

Contact - executive-elect@cus.org

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-elect - Abhiram Bibekar, Christ's

Contact - president-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 - Vacant

Contact - treasurer-elect@cus.org

The Treasurer-elect is responsible for securing sponsorship and members benefits known as 'Treasurer's Treats' for their term in office. 

Social Events-elect - Vacant

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.

Note: No candidates were declared for the office of the Treasurer to serve in Lent 2020, so a by-election will be called in the first week of the Michaelmas term. If you have any questions about this, please email the Vice President.

The Returning Officers

Two Returning Officers are appointed for every election by a vote of the Standing Committee. They are appointed in the third week of each term. The Returning Officers are 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 Returning Officers for the Michaelmas 2019 Election will be appointed in the third week of Michaelmas term.

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

  • Alycia Leach, Clare, Vice President (2019-20)
  • Luke Hallam, Trinity, Executive Officer (Michaelmas 2019)

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 - Dhruv Kaushik, Trinity Hall

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 - Areesha Saif, Newnham

Women's Officer - Khadija Tahir, Murray Edwards 

Contact - womens@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 - Jess Molyneux, Jesus

Access Officers - Angela Xia, Selwyn

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 - Trudy Yates, Peterhouse

Specialized Roles

Secretary - Josh Kimblin, Christ's

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, produce the order papers, report to and assist the Vice President, and respond to member's queries alongside the Standing Committee and the Membership Officers.

Chairs of Chamber Committee - Joanna Nowinska, Clare, and Leo Nagy, Girton

Contact - coc@cus.org

The Chairs of Chamber Committee are responsible for overseeing the Generalists and fulfilling the strategic needs of the Standing Committee. 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 alongside the Standing Committee.

Deputy Chair of Chamber Committee - Christian Owen, Trinity

Membership Officers - Sara Dehvari, Murray Edwards, and Oliver Layzell, Trinity

Contact - members@cus.org

The Membership Officers are responsible for co-ordinating our outreach and recruitment efforts.  These Officers may manage their own budget and work closely with the Vice President and other Officers, as well as the Bursar, to perform their duties. They also work alongside the Secretary and the Officers to respond to any member queries through email or the Union's social media channels.

Head of Audio-Visual - Louis Van Steene, Magdalene

Contact - audiovisual@cus.org

Deputy Heads of Audio-Visual - Hunainah Mansuri, Homerton, Oliver Harris, Robinson, and Phoebe Pickering, Corpus Christi

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.

Student Webmaster - Faizaan Pervaiz, Churchill

Contact - webmaster@cus.org

The Student Webmaster is responsible for maintaining the union website, updating the online calendar, and working closely with the Bursar, President, and Vice President to oversee the development of a Union app.

Social Media Managers - Camille Corcoran, Churchill,  Freddie Fisk, Robinson, and Henry Lim, King's

Contact - socialmedia@cus.org

The Social Media Managers are responsible for updating and maintaining the Union's Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram channels. They work alongside the Audio Visual team to ensure that all YouTube videos are promptly uploaded onto the Union's YouTube Channel to further the charitable aims of the Society, and ensure that events and discounts are correctly publicised on Facebook and Twitter.


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


  • Andrew Osipov, Homerton
  • Derek Sorensen, Clare
  • Grace Smithson, Gonville & Cauis
  • Jungmin Seo, Jesus
  • Justin Chan, Girton
  • Kevin Rebello, Fitzwilliam
  • Kieron Spoors, Homerton
  • Naomi Kilcoyne, Clare
  • Natasha Dangoor, Churchill
  • Shannon Rawlins, Downing
  • Veronica Wang, Girton

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 
  • Sam Heap - Bar and Catering Manager
  • Louise Gamon - Membership Secretary
  • Katherine Rickett - Events Coordinator
  • Sabine Edwards - Advertising and Sponsorship
  • Francesca Revelo - Accountant