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Trustee Biographies

All 6 of the Elected Fulltime Officers are also Trustees.

Lea Hampton O'Neil is a Cell biology PhD student in her third year. She was born and raised in France, by a Canadian and American family. She graduated from Cambridge University with a BA and MPhil in Natural Sciences. Her interest in student politics started during her undergraduate years where she was Academic and Disabilities officer on her college’s JCR commitee. During this time, she organised several seminars and pushed for changes in policies, in particular to improve support for students taking a year out due to ill health. When she arrived at Bristol, she wanted to stay involved in Union activities, so she joined many societies and became Biochemistry postgrad rep. As a trustee, she wants to make sure the Students' Union represents the student body, in particular the postgraduate population.

Noha Abu El Magd is a BSc in Nanotechnology (chemical) from the University of Leeds. Currently in the second year of a PhD in Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Bristol, based in the school of Chemistry. PhD project in biochemistry and materials chemistry looks into the application of nanoporous protein crystals biohydbird materials. I also sit on the National Executive Committee of NUS as the Postgraduate Research representative. I am a member of the Bristol Doctoral College Postgraduate Research Development Committee and am Black and Minority Ethnic Students Officer at Bristol SU and was the Postgraduate Rep of the NUS Black Students’ Campaign last year. Interests include: Culture, film, politics, literature and sociology. I also love to travel and write and have recently become obsessed with spinning.     

Samuel March is an elected Student Trustee currently studying Computer Science and Mathematics. He enjoys cheerleading, presently volunteering to coach the Bristol Jets Lightning squad and was formerly the Vice-President of the Bristol Jets Cheerleading club when they became University Ultimate Grand National Champions and the best team in the country. He has always taken an interest in the democratic proceedings of the SU, having been on the Democratic Standards Committee and been a Course Rep. He became a trustee to help ensure the democratic function of the Students' Union.

Ian Robinson was the Chief Executive of the University of Bath Students' Union and retired from this role in July 2016. The Union is one of only 4 Students' Unions nationally with a Gold award in the Students' Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEi) and is widely regarded as a leader in fields such as enterprise education, peer support and student representation. Ian has been a Director of NUS Services Limited, the purchasing arm of the NUS, and has been appointed as an auditor to support NUS’ national quality assurance programmes.In July 2016, Ian was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the NUS for his services to the student movement.Ian has previously been an Assistant Principal of a large Further Education College, and was a Director of a privately funded Distance Learning and consultancy organisation where he was responsible for delivering and managing their Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Professional courses and for providing a range of consultancy services to public and private sector organisations. Ian has a degree in French Studies from the University of Portsmouth, a postgraduate degree in Management Studies, and is a Member of the CIPD. Ian is a Mentor for the Carers’ Trust, a charity which provides strategic support and development for Chief Executives and Boards responsible for supporting carers across the country.

Noelle Rumball did quite a lot of Philosophy and Mathematics at the University of Bristol (BA Hons 2003; MA 2005), before embarking on a career defining and measuring the success of public sector organisations. She’s currently the Head of Student Information and Advice at UWE, having previously worked for The Planning Inspectorate, Ofsted, NERC, and University of Bristol. She’s also slipped in a few years of freelance research, mostly with the think tank Demos.In addition to her role as trustee with UBU, Noelle is a governor at Frome Vale Academy; a member of the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnership; a Director at the Bristol Cable; and Treasurer for Up Our Street.

Tilly Beech graduated from the University of Leeds in 1994 with a BA in Classical Civilisation. She then completed a PG Dip in Information and Library Management at the University of Northumbria.She joined the University of Bristol in 1999 working for the Library Service, then became part of Information Services and then IT Services. She is now a Zonal Team Leader in IT Services and Warden of Durdham Hall and University Hall . She joined the University in 1999 working for the Library Service, then became part of Information Services and then IT Services. She's has worked in University residences since 2001 and is a member of UCU. When not working she likes travelling and running.

Mehul Pasari is currently in the second year of his undergraduate programme. He is pursuing BSc in Economics and Finance at the University of Bristol. He is native to India and has travelled to UK for university. He enjoys dancing and had participated in the Battle of Bollywood III last year where the Bristol team managed to grab the title of "South Zone Winner". He is also the International Students Officer at Bristol SU and was the Course Rep last year. He is fond of travelling and playing chess and is also a part of Bristol University Chess Team.

Last updated 18th January 2018