Meet this year’s Students’ Union Executive Committee
5 September 2011
Cardiff Students’ Union offers our students a vast range of opportunities from socialising and personal development to community volunteering and getting involved in student media.
The Union is run by students for students; always with the vision of “Students First”. Meet this year’s Executive Committee, the officers elected by the student body to represent their views and head up one of the largest Students’ Union in the UK.
Marcus Coates-Walker – President
The President is the public face of the Union and is responsible for over-seeing and co-ordinating the other Officers.
Marcus Coates-Walker, voted in as President in the March 2010 Union elections, discusses his plans for the coming academic year.
“My year as President promises to be the most exciting and challenging experience throughout my time in Cardiff. The Students’ Union is led this year by a fantastic team of passionate and dedicated individuals who I hope to lead to a highly productive and successful year.
“Listening to students on a regular basis and responding to their views is integral to everything we value at the Students’ Union. Having visited and experienced other leading Unions across the UK, it is clear that the quality of services at Cardiff Students’ Union is extremely high. Whilst this is the case, one of the primary aims is to improve the awareness of these services through highly innovative methods to ensure that all diverse sectors of the student body are aware of the fantastic opportunities here at Cardiff.
“It is my personal ambition to ensure that employability is at the forefront of the Students’ Union’s thinking this year. Without even taking into account the inevitable changes to tuition fees, my passion is to make Cardiff graduates the most experienced, focussed and highly competitive in the UK. Through working collaboratively with the University, I believe that we can improve the provision of employability opportunities within both institutions.
“On behalf of the whole elected officer team I can say that we are proud to have been elected to represent Cardiff students and we are proud to work alongside such a diversely talented array of very receptive and understanding people within the University.”
Chris Davies - Welfare and Communications
Chris co-ordinates the Students' Union's campaigns, leads on Union-to-student communication and convenes the Annual General Meeting, Student Council and elections.
Nick Matthews - Finance and Commercial
Nick is responsible for the Union’s finances and commercial activities and acts as the company secretary and union treasurer.
Oliver Smith - Head of Student Media
Samantha Reid - Academic and University Affairs
Samantha represents students on academic issues and maintains strong relationships with the schools of the University.
“As Academic and University Affairs Officer I intend to work intensively on furthering the power of the student voice through the representation system and by representing students at all levels within the University.”
Harry Newman - Societies Officer
Harry is the main point of contact for Societies and is responsible for Societies activity in the Union. He also promotes diversity and cultural awareness within the Students’ Union.
Sarah Halpin - Healthcare Integration Officer
Sarah is responsible for the integration of Healthcare students into Cardiff University as a whole. She leads on Healthcare issues and works to improve communications with Healthcare students.
Ollie Devon - Athletic Union President
Ollie oversees the running of the Athletic Union and co-ordinates the activities of all AU clubs and the IMG programme.
“As Athletic Union President this year one of my major goals is to raise awareness of the importance of sport to students and the need for Cardiff University to invest in better sports facilities.”