Moving LINKS forward, onward and upwards! Chairing a society run by students for students!
I am Dominic Cotton, I have been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for the last three and a half years. I was a member in the South East, but transferred to the East of England when I came to study at the University of Hertfordshire.
I currently chair and manage University of Hertfordshire St John Ambulance LINKS and have had a brilliant year! I would like to continue chairing the committee for another year, helping LINKS develop even further! Going from strength to strength, as we have done in the last year. Gaining five times more members than we did in the previous year, as well as gaining, three operational first aid kits, an advance first aid kit, an oxygen therapy kit, Entonox kit and a defibrillator. As well ongoing training, with links also training more new members than ever before, with existing members also continuing their own development in going as far as doing ambulance training!
I believe that I have, and regularly demonstrate to the rest of the committee and members the attributes to lead a committee and the belief and understanding in the values of St John Ambulance and the ethos behind student volunteering. I am very committed to St John and completed nearly 400hrs last year with 250 of those being operational duty hours.
I feel that I am open minded and I listen to the views and opinions of my committee and the society members in making sure that their voices are heard and changes are made to suit the majority. For me being a democratic leader is what makes leading a team so enjoyable, as I get to lead and be part of an organisation that is run by the students for them, ensuring that they get the most from it!
I enjoy Chairing the LINKS committee and working in partnership with the committee members and others in helping students learn new skills, develop and meet new people. I would love the opportunity to lead this committee again and see University of Hertfordshire LINKS flourish for another year, building a bigger Unit Management Team and committee, and pushing membership even more!