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Passionate , Knowledgable , Headstrong
I was a student who didn't really understand what a Students' Union did, or why it existed. A friend convinced me to run for a committee position and within 18 months I had been elected President of the entire Union. To be able to combine your interests and your passions with real change and real results for students is an opportunity you only get once in a while.
I was the Ethics and Environment Officer and then knew I had to run for President, which I won! It was the most rewarding but most difficult year of my life and I wish I'd had something like this to turn to.
I won SUEI's first ever award for the most innovative officer, after reworking many aspects of our election system. I was sick of candidates not being held to account to their promises, and never knowing where they stood on different issues, and so devised a hustings that got the truth!
I'm a passionate feminist, and also sit on NUS Women's Committee, so I'm familiar with the internal structures and struggles that can come about from being involved in our National Union.
I'm an East London girl at heart and like nothing better than being at Upton Park, season ticket in hand, amongst a sea of claret and blue. I'm also a music geek, who loves anything except middle of the road nonsense like Coldplay.
I also won the Weakest Link a few years back, so am well versed in useless general knowledge...
Getting students to understand the importance of elections, and getting them to the polling booths is a speciality and passion of mine - so much so that I won the first ever SUEI Most Innovative Officer Award!
What to do when none of you are talking, you hate each other's guts but you still have to pull it together for a big meeting.
Towards the end of my sabb year, we had a student killed on a dangerous stretch of road near campus, only 10 months after another student tragically died. Working with local MPs, councillors, regional and national media, the university and more importantly, the students, we managed to put into place measures which means it hopefully will never affect our community again.
This form of peer mentoring is so incredibly valuable, in fact it's something that I do informally a lot anyway! To be able to offer my services, wisdom and experience to a new crop of officers each year can only be good for the movement. I now work for a charity which works for the humane reform of the penal system, and so am not putting my expertise to a good enough use!
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