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Governance of HUU is carried out by a Board of Trustees. This includes the five Presidents, four external Trustees selected for their skills and experience, and four elected Student Trustees.

The Board meets approximately four times per year to coincide with important times in the planning and reporting cycle. The Chief Executive acts as Secretary and advisor. The Board concentrates on planning for the future and positioning HUU so that it can continue to meet the needs of all our student members.

External Trustees


Stuart Ferguson

University of Hull 1994-1997, BA Hons History

Trustee since April 2017

Stuart has spent most of his career financing and supporting UK businesses across the charitable, public and corporate sectors. He has recently been appointed as Head of Investment at the London Waste & Recycling Board, an organisation dedicated to delivering the Mayor of London's strategy to improve waste management and position London as the centre for Circular Economy investment.

Prior to this he was Head of Fund Management at Big Issue Invest, a leading Impact Investor, investing in and providing strategic support to UK based charities and social enterprises such as Sheffield Futures and HCT Group.  As part of the management team he was responsible for positioning the organisation as a leading Impact Investor, helping to lead development of Social Impact Bonds in the UK.  Stuart spent most of his career at Lloyds Banking Group having initially joined as a graduate trainee and ultimately assuming a senior position responsible for managing £5bn worth of assets.    Stuart has significant Board level experience over the last 10 years, often helping to implement operational growth strategies and navigate businesses through difficult change management processes.  

Stuart is the Chair of the Trustee Board and a member of the Appointments & Governance Development Committee.


Gaius Powell MBA

University of Hull 1984-1987, BA Hons Politics

Trustee since May 2017

Gaius is Director of Business Development at the law firm Shoosmiths. Gaius has spent most of his career in the professional services sector, holding a range of roles including Head of Client Development and Marketing Manager. His early career was spent as an Account Manager with a full-service advertising agency in Hull.

Gaius has experience of leading and delivering on strategic change initiatives as well as the mentoring and development of individuals. Gaius has held many voluntary roles, including being a Parish Councillor for South Cave Parish Council and positions with Humberside St. John Ambulance and JCI (Junior Chamber International). During his time at the University, Gaius was elected as Chair of Educational Affairs, and was the current affairs editor of the “Hullfire” student union newspaper.

He also holds the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing awarded by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Gaius is Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.

Alan Bolchover


BA Economic & Social History, University of Hull, 1991-94

Trustee since March 2018                                                           


Alan Bolchover graduated from Hull University in 1994, becoming a Union Officer in the year after.

He has spent 18 years in Senior Management and is highly regarded as a transformational change leader in the realm of income stream and brand development for social enterprise.


Appointed Director of Fundraising of the Outward Bound Trust in July 2010 he has overseen an increase in income from £1.7m in 2010 to £8.68m per annum by 2018 to help provide activities for 30,000 young people a year.  OBT now employ 300 staff in some of the most incredible locations in the UK.


Alan specialises has pioneered some of the biggest fundraising events in the UK including the Descent of the Shard, City Three Peaks and Rusty rally brands. Corporate Partnerships include brand names such as Dulux, HSBC and DHL.


Alan has won 3 Institute of Fundraising Awards, been shortlisted twice and numerous other awards and was recognised in the top 5 in Fundraising Magazine’s most influential list 2018.


Sara Webb

BA Hons Scandinavian Studies, 1976-1979

Trustee since March 2019

After graduating in 1979, Sara joined a graduate trainee programme with British Nuclear Fuels, launching a 35 year career in Human Resources. This was followed by HR roles in telecommunications, manufacturing, and the NHS.

In 1994 she joined the auction house Sotheby’s and was appointed as European Human Resources Director in 1999, with overall responsibility for HR matters in the UK, Continent and Middle East. She retired from full-time employment in 2015, but occasionally continues to consult on people-related projects. 

Sara has a strong interest in employability and has worked with schools and universities to support students as they start their careers. She has been a Governor of Arts University Bournemouth since 2013, and is a Trustee of Sight Advice South Lakes, a charity supporting visually-impaired people in Cumbria.

Student Trustees

Huseyin Arsian

Business Management 

I have been at the University of Hull since 2017 and I am currently working towards a degree in Business Management after a few years studying Astrophysics.

I have been Involved with HUU since my second year at Hull working on the Societies Executive Committee and Physics Society Committee.

I am a strong advocate of Unions and especially the responsibility that Students Unions still have to represent students interests and provide opportunities for students to learn and grow as people in the modern era.

This year alongside my Trustee responsibilities I will also be a member of Union Council, the student decision making body of HUU. My role involves representing and giving a voice to Societies across the SU.

As a Trustee I am looking forward to offering my perspective on the operation of our Students Union and my decisions will always be student centred.


Ryan Ward

MPhys Theoretical Physics

I am currently working through my 3rd year here at the University of Hull studying MPhys Theoretical Physics. I first joined in 2017 where I signed up to being the Course Rep for my course. 


Throughout my first year I gained experience and confidence to put my name forward for Physics Subject Rep the following year. One of my proudest achievements is having all of the physics and mathematics department undergo Trans Awareness Training continuing to tackle any minuscule cases of transphobia. 


During my second year I was elected into the Physics Society executive committee as Tutor Representative, and then to Society President. 


In March 2019 I was given the opportunity to help others and give back the the Union by running for Student Trustee. I currently sit on the Membership and Participation Committee and observes the Finance and Human Resources Committee.


Student Officer Trustees

Isobel Hall | President

Simeon Orduen | President, Education

Erin Pettit | President, Sport

Tom McNamara | President, Activities

Abi Morris | President, Inclusivity & Diversity

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