NUS Boards

NUS Board Structure

The work of NUS is overseen by two entities: two boards who meet together to set the strategy and direction of NUS’s work.

NUS UK, a company limited by guarantee which delivers voice and influence activities.
NUS Charity, a charitable company limited by guarantee which delivers SU support as well as shared services. NUS Charity has a trading subsidiary, NUS Services which delivers trading work, including the purchasing consortium.

Board Membership

The Boards of NUS meet as Joint Boards however it’s important to note that these are three distinct corporate entities. Details of the boards for these entities are below. 

NUS UK Board Members

  • The seven NUS officers elected by conferences
  • Four Member Directors – these are elected directors drawn from the membership (two of whom are students)
  • Four external (lay) directors who have been appointed by the previous board

NUS Charity Board Members

Membership of the board is drawn primarily from NUS UK with additional directors to provide independence in line with Charity Commission guidance on charities linked to other organisations.

  • The four NUS UK member directors
  • An additional four directors from NUS UK, selected from the officers and lay directors and chosen by the NUS UK board
  • Four additional ‘Independent’ directors who are not a member of any other NUS board

NUS Services Board Members

  • All members of the NUS Charity Board
  • Up to two additional directors



NUS National President

Larissa Kennedy

As president, Larissa will chair the NUS board, leading NUS from transition into reform and completion of a three-year turnaround programme.

Larissa has been in the student movement since they were 16 years old and has served on NUS’ National Executive Council. Larissa has organised against sexual violence, marched against student fees and is a member of the Black student’s campaign. Larissa wants to build a movement that stretches across the whole of the UK, across students’ and trade unions across the world.

NUS Scotland President

Matt Crilly

During his time as NUS Scotland President Matt wants to fundementally improve the lives of students, build a lasting legacy for NUS in the hearts of students and radically build student power.

NUS Wales President

Becky Ricketts

Becky, who was previously Group President at Trinity Saint David Students’ Union (TSDSU),  is also the NUS Wales part-time Women’s Officer, and has previously served as TSDSU’s Carmarthen Campus President.

She graduated from University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2018 with a degree in Primary Education, and since 2018 has occupied full-time sabbatical officer roles at TSDSU.

NUS-USI President

Ellen Fearon

Ellen Fearon is our NUS-USI President for 2020-22, representing over 200,000 students, learners and apprentices in NI, with additional responsibilities of sitting on both the NUS and USI’s executive teams. Ellen served for one year at QUBSU as Student Activities Officer during 2019/20, after graduating from Law and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.

Vice President Further Education

Salsabil Elmegri

Salsabil wants to see NUS fighting for FE students and apprentices, like she’s done as Vice President at Bradford College. Her key issues of focus include addressing student poverty, fighting for better mental health provisions, ensuring there is accessible education for all, campaigning on climate change, tackling harassment and youth crime, and developing FE student’s unions so they can become better funded and support students across the board.

Vice President Higher Education

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio

Hillary believes that education should be free, accessible and open to all, with students from all backgrounds and identities being able to engage with and shape the education they deserve. She wants students to be at the centre of their education, not viewed as metrics in a market. She will be fighting for an education system that puts students first.

Vice President Liberation

Sara Khan

I’m Sara (pronouns: she/they). Over the next two years, my priorities at NUS are around decolonisation, political education, support and mutual aid, and grassroots movement building.

When I’m not working at NUS, I’m embroiled in my part-time English Literature degree, learning Japanese on Duolingo, or playing and discussing liberation in video games with friends on our channel, Game Assist.


NUS UK & Charity Member Director (Student)

Charlie Hind


NUS UK & Charity Member Director (Student)

Andrew Wilson

Student at the University of Edinburgh

Andrew is a former President of Edinburgh University Students’ Association, representing over 40,000 students and leading one of the biggest student unions in the country. Whilst now completing a degree in English Language and Linguistics, Andrew is actively involved in student representation within Una Europa, an alliance of 8 European universities. 


NUS UK & Charity Member Director (Staff)

Paul Chapman

CEO of Liverpool John Moores University Students’ Union.

After being a sports officer and then President at Staffordshire University Students’ Union, Paul worked in several unions in the West Midlands before moving back north in 2015.

Working in seven different institutions, as well as being a trustee at Bolton SU and sitting on several sector advisory groups, Paul has a wealth of knowledge in understanding the breadth of the SU movement. He is particularly passionate about student engagement in learning and teaching, partnerships between staff and students and sees SUs as an integral part of the learning community as well as major influencers on change in wider society.


NUS UK & Charity Member Director (Staff)

Sarah Kerton

Sarah Kerton is the director of the Guild of Students at University College Birmingham. 

In her spare time she plays bass for Ajah and supports West Bromwich Albion football club. 

NUS UK Lay Director

Tom McNeill

Special Adviser to the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (Labour)

Tom previously worked as a specialist charity & not for profit lawyer. He is now a special adviser to a Labour politician and sits on a range of strategic boards including the Institute for Community Studies, Labour Campaign for Human Rights and various public sector Boards in the West Midlands.

NUS UK Lay Director

Rima Amin

Senior Campaigner - 


I help the public to tell their stories, build community and drive the change they wish to see through campaigning. Previously I’ve worked in Higher Education including as a sabbatical officer at City, University of London. I’m interested in journalism, tech for good, and coffee.


NUS UK Lay Director

Graeme Atherton

After 6 years leading Aimhigher work in London, Graeme founded and now leads both AccessHE and NEON in the UK. Graeme holds Visiting Professorships at London Metropolitan University and Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a member of the European Access Network (EAN) Board and has produced over 120 conference papers, and publications


NUS UK Lay Director

Kamilla Spark

Corporate Finance Advisor and Fellow of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School

I am a coach in Accelerate Cambridge, the University's enterprise accelerator. I also teach and mentor postgraduate students in entrepreneurship at Cambridge. Previously I was in the private equity and venture capital business in Central Europe. I am from Poland, where I did my first university degree in English. I received my MBA from Columbia University in New York.


NUS Charity Independent Director

Daryl Ormerod

Daryl Ormerod is the chief executive of the University of Nottingham Students' Union. 

NUS Charity Independent Director

Rebekah Smith

CEO Huddersfield Students’ Union


I’ve been working in Students’ Unions since 2011, firstly as part of SMT at Leeds University Union and then as CEO at Huddersfield.  Prior to that I had a range of roles in marketing and development in the public sector, FE, social housing and the wonderful Eureka! The National Children’s Museum where, amongst other things, we successfully bid for over £1million from The Wellcome Trust. I’m also a founding trustee of Elliot’s Footprint, a charity supporting families after the sudden death of a child.

NUS Charity Independent Director

Yousuf Joondan

Chief Executive, Birkbeck Students’ Union

 I’ve been involved with SUs since the first term of my first year at the University of Essex. I’ve since held staff roles at a number of different SUs in London and the South East. I’ve been at Birkbeck SU for three years now as CEO and I’m also a School Governor at the Logic Studio School in Feltham.

NUS Charity Independent Director

Gareth Hughes

Chief Executive at Durham SU

I have been Chief Exec at Durham SU since 2016. I spent many years working in policy and democracy roles in students’ unions across the country, mostly in modern Universities, before becoming a senior manager.   

I am a trustee of Newman SU, a small students’ union in the part of Birmingham where he grew up, and a part-time postgraduate student at Northumbria University, where I am in the final year of an MA in Coaching.



If you have any further questions about the NUS UK Board, then please contact the governance team: