Our Trustees and Rule Books


The  Students' Union is headed by 4 Student Trustees and 4 External Trustees. The Four Student Trustee is comprised of the two full-time sabbatical officers and two student trustees who get passed through Student Council. The external trustees are recruited to bring their own expertise and experience to the Board. They are appointed in the same way as our Student Trustees, through Student Union Council. 

Our external Trustees are:

Jen Mackness (Chair of Trustees)

"Following an early career in the Civil Service combined with bringing up my family, I studied History at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Essex as a mature student. This encouraged me to seek ways to contribute to the development of higher education in Suffolk - it would have been so good to have been able to study at degree level in my home county.  For the past twenty-eight years I have enjoyed a career working in further and higher education at Suffolk College and then taking an active role in the establishment in 2007 of the new University Campus Suffolk as Director of Academic Services and Academic Registrar. I have always been an advocate of strong representative bodies and have variously been UCS Branch Secretary for the Association of University Administrators (AUA), the Association of Managers in Education (AMiE) institutional contact, a member of Unison, and a member of the Academic Registrars' Council. I was also a staff governor at Suffolk College during the period that UCS was brought into being.

I am enthusiastic about the role of UCS SU as a democratic, participative, student-led organisation and am keen to use my skills, knowledge and experience to assist UCS SU to really deliver for students. I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with students, staff, UCS and my fellow trustees to ensure the best possible experience for all."

Alex Till

Born in Leicester, Alex Till moved to Suffolk 19 years ago initially working with SMEs at the Port of Flexistowe developing the purchase and supplier chains within Europe.

Alex is passionate about the progression of young people and is a Visiting Fellow at Suffolk Business School and continues to volunteer for the Princes Trust, a role he has undertaken for the past 16 years, representing Suffolk and Norfolk at the Princes Trust Regional Council.

Alex was appointed chief executive of Menta, the Suffolk enterprise agency four years ago. In that time his main focus has been supporting existing small businesses and providing inspiration and information for start-ups, campioning SME growth and economic development. As a team Menta has been nationally recognised for its outstanding work and was the winner of the National Enterprise Network, "The Future of Enterprise Award 2014".


Peter J Church BA (Oxon)

Peter graduated from Oriel College, Oxford University in 1989 with a BA honours degree in Philosophy & Theology. He spent 20 years in the commercial leisure sector developing national award-winning venues across the UK ranging from fine-dining restaurants on Liverpool’s prestigious Albert Dock to large capacity theme bars and live music venues in Newcastle’s Bigg Market. In the late 1990s, he was Chief Executive of Preston North End FC, giving David Moyes his first managerial job in football.

In 2010 he joined the University of Essex as the first Director of Campus Services responsible for managing support services including student accommodation, catering, sport and conferencing, and the development of Wivenhoe House as the UK’s first vocational Edge Hotel School. He is currently the Director of Finance & Operations (Bursar) of the Royal Hospital School, a leading co-educational HMC boarding school in Suffolk and a Crown Charity owned by Greenwich Hospital. Peter has held a large number of Non-Executive positions in sport, leisure and education including Director of the Essex County Cricket Board and Governor of Tendring Enterprise Studio School. He lives with his wife, Sam, and baby sons, Gabriel and Raphael; and his interests include sport, live music, creative writing and student entrepreneurship.


Caroline Waters 

Caroline joined the UCS project team in October 2005, moving from the role of Marketing Assistant at an architect firm in the City of London. Caroline now works part-time developing, planning and delivering an Alumni and Development strategy for UCS. Caroline's role involves establishing and maintaining relationships with Alumni, and developing the UCS Alumni Association. Caroline is also researching and developing a range of fundraising opportunities and initiatives for UCS. Before leaving to have a baby Caroline held the role of Head of Marketing and Communications. Caroline graduated from the University of Warwick in 2004 with a degree in History and Sociology and holds a Professional Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


Our Student Trustees

James Hollings 

James started at University Campus Suffolk September 2015 to study business management, coming from a business background due to his parents owning a successful company; James has always had the goal to achieve highly in the business world.

Within the first semester, he then became the course representative for his cohort, contributing to course committees to get the best out of the present and future students on the business management course.  After being inspired to make a difference in the University by the students union and course committees, he then ran for and became the chairman of the union council were he chaired many important council meetings such as voting on new executive positions in the students union (LGBT+, BAME and Women officers). 

James then adopted the role of student trustee as it is a great opportunity to make a solid contribution to the students' union and improve student’s welfare; he loves the position and hopes he can provide fresh ideas to do this.

When not concentrating on his studies or the union side at university, James has a part-time job at Waitrose and enjoys spending time clay pigeon shooting.




Tim Leat

Tim is starting his second year as an Interior Architecture and Design Student this academic year. During his first year he was Course Representative for his year, as well as co-founding the DDM (Drama, Dance & Music Society). When not studying for a career in design, he enjoys songwriting, playing guitar and hanging out with mates over a drink or two.


The President & Vice-President also sit as Student Trustees to form the Trustee Board for the Students' Union



Our Rule Books

Memorandum and Articles of Association



Elections Bye Law

Members Code of Conduct Bye Law

Trustees and Executive's Code of Conduct Bye Law

Disciplinary Procedures Bye Law