Full Committee of the Cambridge Union (Easter 2017)

If you have questions, suggestions or ideas for the Union, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email (Page at president@cus.org) or in person around the building-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 Elect officers 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 - Page Nyame-Satterthwaite, Christ's


As President, Page is head of the society,  serving as the Chair of the Standing Committee and debates. She is responsible for organising a programme of debates and overseeing the planning of other events during Michaelmas 2017. 

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


Vice President - Tom McArthur, Girton 


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. Tom 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. He also works extensively with the Bursar as well as the women's, diversity and access officers in their roles.


Executive Officer -  Andrea Borbely, Murray Edwards


Andrea 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. Andrea is also responsible for chairing the Executive Committee, which brings together appointees responsible for event planning and management. 


Speakers Officer - Charles Connor, King's


Charles 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 - Miles Kekwick


Miles 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 - Jali Packer, King's


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



Debating Officers - Imran Mateo, Queens' and Tudor Musat, Trinity Hall


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 be elected for Lent 2018*

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. 




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 


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 


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. 




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



Social Events Officer-Elect 


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. 


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​-Olivia Hylton-Pennant, Newnham


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 - to be appointed

​Women’s Officer - Maria Epishkina, St Catharine's


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.


​Access Officers​-Johari Adjei, Girton and Emma Toms, Trinity Hall


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 - to be appointed

​Head of Debate Training - Ian Wu, Magdalene

As Head of Debating Training, Ian is responsible for:

  • ​organising a training programme of workshops for novice, intermediate and advanced debaters as well as Women's Public Speaking and Debating Workshops
  • arranging sufficient coaches for all debating workshops
  • organising termly, internal competitions in Michaelmas and Lent terms
  • working with the Debating Officers to put together the curriculum for the following year’s workshops programme ​

Head of Debate Participation - Aqib Khan, Homerton

 As Head of Debating Participation, Aqib is responsible for the continued involvement of as many members as possible in Debating through:

  • Organising debating-specific publicity schedules and working with the Full Committee Heads of Publicity and Secretary to publicise debating activities
  • Actively seeking feedback from debating participants with a view to improving debating provision
  • Working with Access, Women’s and Diversity Officers to broaden the appeal of Debating 
  • Actively working to reduce the barrier to entry to debating, wherever it may occur, particularly with regard to prior debating experience and knowledge of the debating community
  • In Michaelmas the role shall require working heavily with the Membership Officers to recruit new members to join the Union ​

Events and Guests

Heads of Events Management - Rhianna Voice, Trinity and Nancy Thorpe, Christ'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 - Muhammad Khan, St Catharine's​ and Joshua Kimblin, Christ's

Senior Guest Liaisons - Jonas Dein, Robinson, and James Fox, Christ's (Debates), Owen Jack, Girton and Penelope Jones, Pembroke (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 - Nay Abi Samra, Peterhouse​ and Sam Ashbridge, Magdalene (Debates), Mia Forbes, Gonville and Caius​ and Kasia Cheng, King's (Speakers)

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


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 - Kira Kilker, Gonville and Caius and Liam Buckley, Downing 


Digital Media Editor - Dylan Coll-Reed, Trinity

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 - Yehong Zhu, Pembroke and Jade Charles, Magdalene


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 - James Wells, Pembroke and Gideon Benedyk, Queens'


Heads of Publicity - ​Daniel Gruenwald, St. John's and Keir Murison, Emmanuel


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 - Frederik Nielsen​, Peterhouse and Hannah Dawson, Christ's

Other roles

Secretary - Sam Longton, Peterhouse


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.


Head of Membership - Angus Groom, Trinity and Hani El-Bay, Trinity


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 - Aatif Said, Peterhouse and Lottie McNally, Peterhouse



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
  • 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 
  • Louise Gamon, Membership Secretary
  • Katherine Rickett, Events Coordinator
  • Sabine Edwards