Our Board of Trustees

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Our Trustee Board has overall responsibility for the management of our organisation.


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 Chief Executive Officer who is charged with bringing the strategy to life.


Our Trustee Board is made up of:

  • 4 Officer Trustees - our Elected Officers are automatically assigned to the board (Herts SU)
  • 2 Student Trustees - students who are currently studying at the University of Hertfordshire can apply
  • 1 University Trustee - a member of staff at the University of Hertfordshire
  •  4 External Trustees - external members who bring experience and expertise to the board

The following people attend the Trustee Board as Officers in Attendance:

  •  Secretary to the Board
  •  Chief Executive Officer (Herts SU)
  •  Head of Community Operations (Herts SU)
  •  Head of People and Resources (Herts SU)
  •  Head of Student Services (Herts SU)


Officer Trustees

Rhiannon Ellis - President (Deputy Chair of the Trustee Board)

Saj - Vice President Activities

Osama Siddiqui - Vice President Community

Aman Tripathi - Vice President Education

Student Trustees

Ahmer Ilyas

University Trustee

Dr Mairi Watson - Pro-Vice Chancellor Education and Student Experience

External Trustees

David Ball (Chair of the Trustee Board)

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 Fuell

Sarah is a former banking executive with over twenty years' experience, having worked for Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan in Europe and Asia. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2017 and is currently Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee. Sarah is an avid supporter of the Students' Union and enjoys the interaction with the students and management team. Sarah is also a Trustee for the Isabel Hospice and a coach and mentor for Parent Gym UK. Sarah has previously been a Board Member for the Variety Catherine Awards which celebrated 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 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


Umar Mohamad

Umar has over 10 years’ experience in Compliance across a wide range of financial service sectors. In addition, he has significant experience in management consulting, spanning several years. Umar is an advocate of the student experience at university and has been involved with education-focussed charities previously


Officers in Attendance

Karen McKenna - Secretary to the Board

Rebecca Hobbs - Chief Executive Officer

Sean Ferrie - Head of Community Operations

Leena Patel - Head of People and Resources

Steve Owen - Head of Student Services