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