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Trustee Board


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?

The Trustee Board is made up of:

- Officer Trustees - Each of the Full Time Officers are Trustees of Hertfordshire Students' Union.

- 3 Student Trustees - Students elected through a cross campus election.

- 4 External Trustees - External members who bring experience and expertise to the board


The following people attend the Trustee Board as ex officio member:

- General Manager

- Secretary to the Board

Officer Trustees

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.

Conflict of Interest Declaration Form


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.

Conflict of Interest Declaration Form


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.

Conflict of Interest Declaration Form


Amy Holloway-Smith – Vice President Education

- Amy represents the academic interests of all UH students. She gained a Literature degree at UH and was elected into this position whilst studying for a Literature MA. She recognises the huge responsibility of this role as a key representative to all UH students and works hard in delivering for the benefits of students studying journey at the University of Hertfordshire.

Conflict of Interest Declaration Form

Student Trustees

- Bishal Saha

- Kennery Borkhataria

- Ishmeet Singh

External Trustees 

Simon PetarDeputy 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 at the Alan Senitt Memorial Trust.

Conflict of Interest Declaration Form


David Ball 

- 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 the 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 Fuell

- 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 Isaacs

- 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 entertainments 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.

Conflict of Interest Declaration Form

Ex Officio Members

- Rebecca Hobbs - General Manager

- Christine Dixon - Director of Finance and Resources

- Karen McKenna - Secretary to the Board

Meetings of The Trustee Board

21st April 2017



Contact Us

  • Hertfordshire Students’ Union

    College Lane



    AL10 9AB

  • 01707 285000

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