Trustee profiles

Officer Trustees

All of our elexcted Exec Officers are Trustees by virture of their positions. 

Student Trustees

These current students at the University of Manchester serve as Trustees. They are appointed by the Governance and Appointments Committee.

India Burgess


I am a Modern History student going into my final year, with a focus on Asian History. I also study French and Mandarin alongside my History modules. I volunteer with the Student Action Homeless Outreach Project, and ran the Manchester 10k in May in aid of The Mustard Tree, a local homelessness charity. I am passionate about making a positive difference to local, and global, communities, and intend to work in sustainable development following graduation.


As a trustee of the Students’ Union, I hope to contribute to the Union’s mission of becoming as diverse, engaging, and accessible as possible. The Union should offer opportunities that every student at the university would want to be involved with, and I will aim to play a central role in realising this objective. I hope to learn about how the University and student population are tied to Manchester’s community, and how to develop these relations to benefit both students, and our local area.

I will be a member of the People and Culture Committee and on the Manchester Academy Venues Limited Board, overseeing all commercial areas.

Khizar Khalil


I grew up in the Himalayas and then moved to the UK to study criminology and Public Services in Birmingham before undertaking undergraduate programme here in Manchester.

Throughout my academic studies I have contributed towards a bright future for all students by taking part in various activities such as being a student representative and taking on leadership roles.

A student-led organisation enables representation of diversity within the union and promotes uniqueness which resounds with me.


I would like to contribute to the student Union’s approach to safeguarding students from criminal activity which predominantly affects areas with student populations. Concerns regarding the well-being of students who do not feel part of the union due to complicated nature of multiple factors involved i.e. the language barrier will be highly important and emphasised during my time as a student trustee.

As a student trustee, I will also develop my own skills and wish to learn more about the financial aspects of the union.

I will be a member of the Governance and Appointments Panel and the Manchester Academy Venues Limited Board, overseeing all commercial areas of the Union.

Sarah Faulkner


Hi I’m Sarah, an undergraduate student studying Drama. It’s my second time around at the University of Manchester as I graduated with a science degree in 1983! After that I became a nurse and worked for the NHS for 34 years, spending fourteen of those as an Executive Director. Coming back to University to do something completely different has been the most amazing and happy experience and I’m looking forward to the second year.

Drama is a time intensive course because of the extra-curricular activities required, particularly time invested in theatre and film. I’m a member of both the Drama and Shakespeare Societies and would encourage anyone to come along to auditions and showcase events and have a go at getting involved. It’s not just for Drama students and it’s a great way to meet people and learn a range of skills that are useful in everyday life. I’m a Volunteer at HOME Manchester, and for the biennial Manchester International Festival (next in July 2019). This summer (2018) I took an intensive Mandarin course run by the University’s Confucius Institute and spent three weeks in Shanghai at the East China Normal University to learn Mandarin with cultural studies; one of the many opportunities to study abroad that is on offer. Apart from this I am a keen traveller, cyclist and fell walker.


As a Student Representative for my course I have attended Staff and Student Liaison Committee meetings at both Faculty and School level, bringing issues to the table for resolution and achieving results on behalf of my fellow students. The experience of starting University is a big adjustment for school leavers and mature students alike and I will bring the lessons learned to both the Student trustee role and that of Peer Mentor this year. I am particularly interested in the development and delivery of the Wellbeing Strategy, and in making sure that students get the most from their membership of the Students’ Union overall.

As a Student Trustee I will contribute the knowledge, skills and experience gained from working in the NHS, for the benefit of the Students’ Union and every student in the University. During my NHS years I worked in partnership with politicians and councillors, communities, patients and families. A Partnership approach is something that I will champion as a Student Trustee.

External Trustees

The Students' Union appoints three Trustees (who are not students or elected officers) to add extra skills to the Board. They are appointed by the Governance and Appointments Committee.

Jan Sowa is an experienced provider of business turnaround, organisational restructure, project optimisation and performance improvement. He has held four directorships in the leisure and social sectors, including founding and successfully running for nine years a licensed retail leisure business.

In 2008 he founded Greenhouse Strategic Marketing Planning where within the team he specialises in improving organisational strategy in the education and charity sectors in particular.

Jan studied Biochemistry at Manchester University and in his final year was elected sabbatical Events Officer at the students’ union, and from here commenced his career at Cardiff University Students’ Union, before joining Whitbread plc.

Elizabeth Cameron has worked for 20 years across Public health and private sector, in Adult and Children’s social care and Youth services as a senior manager in Strategy and commissioning, specialising in the area of User Participation Engagement Democracy and Pupil voice at the highest of decision making levels.  Youth work manager with Integrated youth support services. Is part time employed as Project Leader (Youth worker) for National citizen Service the Challenge and is Development worker at Trafford Rape crisis supporting women who have experienced rape and sexual violence, specifically Black women.

Elizabeth is a Professional Business Coach. Trainer in Equalities and diversity. Trained Counsellor.

Elizabeth is a Trade union and Community activist in the largest public sector union UNISON, where her experience in Employment law, Equalities legislation Workplace negotiations and Collective bargaining has earned her the elected senior lay member position of National executive. Elizabeth also has a specialism in working with young people, Disabled people, and ethnic minority communities having set up many high level user forums e.g. in Local implementation team - Mental Health, Physical & Learning disabilities, Safeguarding Board, Local strategic Partnership and Youth councils.

Elizabeth is a Strategic Business manager, a trained counsellor, a part time mature student at Ruskin College Oxford and is one of the external trustees for Manchester University Students' union. She also has a strong background in third (voluntary) sector and Charity working, having worked for Rape crisis centres Domestic Violence Helpline, Women’s refuges and with 42nd street. Elizabeth is a mother of four.

Victoria Kirkpatrick is an experienced accounting professional who has worked in a variety of industries from commercial FMCG through to third sector organisations.

Victoria is currently Finance Director at National Union of Students which utilises the skills she has developed over that last 10 years as a an Accountant and is CIMA  (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualified. Vicii is currently studying for a Masters in Strategy at MMU and enjoys fell running and cross-country.Personal attributes; analytical, team player and excellent communicator.

Specialties: Information systems, modelling and scenario analysis, programming, contract negotiation, project management’