Meet the team


Seun Twins
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Seun Twins SU President can contact me about any change you’d like to see in Durham! As President, I champion students' rights. On a day-to-day basis that means representing you to the University, working within the local community and the National Union of Students, and leading campaigns on issues that matter to you, and that will make Durham an even better place to be a student.
Sarah McAllister
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Sarah McAllister PG Academic Officer you’re a postgraduate who has ideas about making things better for postgrads in Durham, get in touch! I represent postgraduate students at University committees and directly to staff members, picking up individual issues they want me to address. These can be raised directly to me or through our academic reps.
Ewan Swift
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Ewan Swift Welfare and Liberation Officer can contact me about welfare, wellbeing, housing and health. My role also champions equality and diversity, by supporting both self-defining students and our Associations to come together and run campaigns. As Welfare and Liberation Officer I support student representatives to effectively improve welfare and liberation across the campus.
Anna Marshall
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Anna Marshall Opportunities Officer You can contact me about anything to do with opportunities beyond your studies, that’s everything from societies to Associations to music to drama to sport and much more. I also work with the commercial side of the Students’ Union (bar, café, events etc.), as well as engaging with the wider community.
Nailah Haque
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Nailah Haque UG Academic Officer in touch if you’re an undergraduate and have ideas about making education the best it can possibly be in Durham. I work to represent your views and concerns surrounding a wide range of issues, from study space to curriculum. Everyone at Durham has the right to a good education, and my role is to work with you and the University to ensure you receive one!

Senior Leadership Team

Gareth Hughes
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Gareth Hughes Chief Executive
Kirsty Morrison
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Kirsty Morrison Director of Services
Katie Shaw
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Katie Shaw Interim Director of Democracy and Strategy

Central team

Martin Horrocks
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Martin Horrocks Finance Manager
Alison Carr
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Alison Carr Finance Coordinator
Chris Liddle
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Christopher Liddle Finance Assistant
Lauren Hodgson
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Lauren Hodgson Executive Assistant
Laura Wilkinson
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Laura Wilkinson Executive Assistant

Marketing team

Kirsty Deacon-Brown
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Kirsty Deacon-Brown Marketing Manager manage the team and aim to ensure Durham SU effectively understands and communicates with our student members. I also develop effective relationships with media contacts, University colleagues and community stakeholders to further our work and student priorities.
Ross Kitching
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Ross Kitching Digital Communications Exec (Web and Data) develop the Union website, manage the membership database and look after all things technology. I also monitor the performance of the SU’s online platforms and provide digital support to any other projects and campaigns.
Gavin Shepherdson
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Gavin Shepherdson Digital and Design Coordinator work within the marketing team to create design for print and web. I also produce our videos and provide digital support to the many projects and campaigns Durham SU runs. If you are in need of any design assistance, please get in touch.
Ellie Scorah
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Ellie Scorah Communications and PR Coordinator’m the online voice of the Union, looking after all our social media channels. A lot of my role involves content planning and creation, as well as photography. I also support student Officers and groups with their marketing and communications. If you have any questions at all about how we communicate with Durham University students, or how you can incorporate fun publicity ideas into your area of work, please contact me.

Opportunities team

Jamie Caress
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Jamie Caress Opportunities Manager oversee the Opportunities team and our work around student groups, DUCK and the Students’ Union Reception Team as well as supporting the priorities and projects of the Opportunities Officer.
Jemma Graham
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Jemma Graham Oppportunities Coordinator
Jon Dougherty
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Jon Dougherty Opportunities Coordinator
Claire Marshall
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Claire Marshall Opportunities Coordinator
Poppy Stuart
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Poppy Stuart Volunteer Development Coordinator

Policy team

Richard Bruce
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Richard Bruce Interim Policy Manager can contact me about any academic matter from across the University. I support your Academic Reps and both of the Academic Officers, so I can help you get support, or find someone to make your voice heard on an academic issue to your Department.
Charlotte Lawson
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Charlotte Lawson Campaigns Coordinator you want to campaign to make a change within the SU, your college or University, then contact me! Not only do I coordinate the SU campaigns, but I’m also here to provide help and support for any campaigns you may want to run- no matter how big or small they are!
Imogen Charvill-Ryall
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Imogen Charvill-Ryall Student Adviser Get in touch with me to ask about anything you might need advice or guidance on. My aim is to help you to find the best way to resolve any problems that you might encounter while you’re a student, and if I can’t help, I will always try to let you know who can. The service is free, impartial and confidential, so you know you always have someone to turn to when you’re in a tricky situation.
Emma Watson
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Emma Watson Policy Coordinator (Education)