What is the Trustee Board?

The Trustee Board is responsible for directing OUSU’s work in the long term – looking at the strategic overview, including financial and legal security.


Why does OUSU have one?

OUSU is a charitable organisation and therefore, in accordance with the Charities Commission, must have a group of trustees who are legally responsible for its financial and legal health and strategic direction.


Who sits on the Board?

In total, there are 14 Trustees; 6 Sabbatical Trustees, 4 External Trustees, and 4 Student Trustees. This means that no group has a majority on the Board.


Sabbatical Trustees

Jack Hampton

OUSU President






Sandy Downs

Vice President Welfare and Equal Opportunities






Orla White

Vice President Women






Marina Lambrakis

Vice President Graduates






Eden Bailey

Vice President Access and Academic Affairs







Beth Currie

Vice President Charities and Community






External Trustees

OUSU's 4 external trustees bring a fresh perspective and a wealth of professional expertise to the organisation.


Richard Jackson, TrusteeRichard Jackson

Richard is a lawyer by profession and practice and also has the CIPD's Certificate in Training Practice.

During his 35 year professional career, he engaged with all manner of people from cabinet ministers to managing teams of up to 50 people. 

Richard says:"I have an interest in the work of the Student Union. In today's harsh economic climate, students need all the support they can get. OUSU is rightly engaged at the heart of the University's network with a proactive mission to give students a voice. University alumni, such as myself, need to support and encourage OUSU's work."

"I am a firm believer in the benefits of Higher Education, both vocational and 'learning for learning's sake'. And I am an active advocate of the unique and immensely positive Oxford way of learning."




James Hunt, External Trustee James Hunt

James spent the majority of his career in university finance, including 12 years as Finance Director at Warwick University, and 7 as Financial Director at Leicester University. Prior to that he worked in local government in Coventry, and for the government of Botswana. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Edmund Hall from 1968-71 and never was much good at the second P.

James says: "I have worked for over 20 years in universities and seen the beneficial effect that a good Student Union can have on student life, both academic, personal and social. I think there is much good work done now by OUSU, and scope for more, so I hope to be able to help that growth."






Harini Iyengar

Harini Iyengar studied Jurisprudence and then did what was the Two-Year BCL at Brasenose College.  She has been working as a barrister since 1999 at 11KBW chambers.  Her specialisms include employment, partnership, equality, education, and procurement law.  She frequently provides expert legal comment on television and radio news programmes.  Harini is on the steering group of the Temple Women’s Forum, a mentor with Cityparents, a trained interviewer for Inner Temple oral history project, and a Governor of London Metropolitan University.



Tom Flynn

Tom has worked in higher education for nearly a decade.  First as a lecturer and tutor during the completion of his doctorate, then within professional services before jumping ship to work as senior manager, and now Chief Executive within Students' Unions. At Royal Holloway he leads a registered charity with a turnover of circa £4m, employing over 300 members of part time and full time staff. Tom is a resident of Richmond and also vice chair of governors at a local primary school.





Student Trustees

Alexander Curtis








Tarak Nath Gorai










Oliver Rice








Samuel Banks








What have they discussed?