The Trustee Board of Hertfordshire Students' Union is responsible for ensuring that as an organisation, we are well run, have an effective strategic plan, our finances are secure and that we operate within the law. Day to day management and operations of the organisation are delegated to the Acting General Manager who is charged with bringing the strategy to life.
Who sits on the Trustee Board?
Our Trustee Board is made up of:
• 4 Officer Trustees - The full-time Officers are automatically assigned to the board
• 3 Student Trustees - Students who are currently studying at the university can apply
• 4 External Trustees - External members who bring experience and expertise to the board
The following people attend the Trustee Board as ex officio members:
• General Manager
• Secretary to the Board
Rida Shafqat – President
Rida's role involves ensuring the welfare of students, working with on and off-campus partners to develop a community of students at the University of Hertfordshire and has a social responsibility towards students. As President, her key responsibility is to put the views of students first and lobby for their needs.
Muhammad Sajid – Vice President Activities
Saj's role includes developing sport and social activities on campus, overseeing student opportunities for fun and development and ensuring that all students are making the most of their time at university. Previously the founders of the Global Students' Society and with a wide network in sports and social activities, Saj has great experience of working with these groups.
Farhan Rafique - Vice President Community
Farhan's role involves ensuring the welfare of students, working with on and off-campus partners to develop a community of students at the University of Hertfordshire and holding a social responsibility amongst students. He is working with different departments in the university and off-campus partners to do this.
Amy Holloway-Smith – Vice President Education
Amy represents the academic interests of all University of Hertfordshire students. Being a Law graduate, she recognises the huge responsibility of this role as a key representative to all students and works hard in delivering for the benefits of students' studies at the University of Hertfordshire.
• Bishal Saha
• Kennery Borkhataria
• Ishmeet Singh
Simon Petar - Deputy Chair of the Trustee Board
Simon is a communications and corporate affairs professional with over 15 years’ experience in public affairs, government relations, strategic communications, public consultations and crisis management. Simon has a long association with students’ unions having served on the NUS National Executive Committee following completion of his degree in Politics from Leicester University. Simon is also a trustee of the Alan Senitt Memorial Trust.
David retired from the post of Dean of Students at the University of Hertfordshire in 2011, having had a highly successful career working in higher education in the fields of careers advice and pastoral care/student support. He is a keen advocate of Hertfordshire Students’ Union and firmly believes in the impact of student representation. David is also currently the Chair of the Patients Voice at the Garden City Medical Practice and represents patient groups at the East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group.
Sarah is a former banking executive with over twenty years' experience, having worked for Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan in Europe and Asia. Sarah is a supporter of Hertfordshire Students' Union and enjoys the interaction with the students and management team. Sarah is also a Committee Member for the Variety Catherine Awards which celebrates women in business.
Stephen is a former student of the University of Hertfordshire, completing his Law degree in 2000. Whilst a student at the University he worked within the Union’s entertainment team. Since leaving university Stephen has worked in corporate banking for a number of the UK’s leading banks and is currently Director of Portfolio Management at Santander.
Ex Officio Members
• Rebecca Hobbs - General Manager
• Christine Dixon - Director of Finance and Resources
• Karen McKenna - Secretary to the Board