Governance & Trustees

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Student Trustees

Richard Grindrod

Richard joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Richard is a medical student, and intercalated with a BSc in Clinical Anatomy. Outside of his degree course Richard works in Student Activities providing support to the clubs and societies at LUU. He also has broad interests across the many of the performance societies, having been involved in both putting on performances as a musical director, and providing technical support as a part of LUU Backstage Society. 


Farhana Yeasmin

Farhana joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.

She is a BA Politics student and her aim is to not only be more involved in the Union via her role, but to bring her own unique take to the table.  Her particular interests lie in looking at diversity within the union and how to reach the ever-eclectic group of students increasingly found at the university.

Aside from this, Farhana is a part of the photography society.


Wilma Wu

Wilma joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Wilma is a recent Leeds graduate and is joining the business school again to study her masters in Strategic Management in the Global Environment. Wilma worked as a Student Education projects Assistant at the University where she provided support for the Business School Student Education team in the design, implementation and delivery of key projects, initiatives and activities. During this time she received the  Leeds University Student Union Partner Award  “Positive Impact Award”.

Wilma also works as a freelance business consultant that help small and medium businesses make strategic decisions to improve their performance. She is also running a social media platform with her friend to prove useful information to the whole Chinese community (especially students) in Leeds.

External Trustees

Andrew Digwood

Andrew is a solicitor and a partner in the regional law firm Rollits LLP, specialising in  intellectual property dispute resolution (copyright, trade marks, patents, designs etc), as well as other commercial dispute work. Andrew worked with LUU for a number of years advising on intellectual property and media law issues around student media activities before becoming a Trustee in 2011. As well as enjoying watching cricket, rugby and motorsports, Andrew is a keen reader of military history and “fantasy” writers such as George R R Martin and Robin Hobb.

Andrew says; “Having spent some time advising LUU on student media group issues, I had been really impressed by the dynamism, commitment and underlying values of the organisation and so when the opportunity arose to join the board of Trustees in 2011 and work more closely alongside the Student Exec, Student Trustees and Senior Leadership Team, as well as the other external Trustees, in supporting the wide range of work that LUU does for its members, I was really pleased to be able to take up the role.”

Andrew is also the Chair of Appointments & Governance Committee

Sarah Fenton

Sarah is a strategic partnerships director working for the employment and skills charity CITB and has over 15 years of experience working at the interface between employers and training/skills provision. Sarah specialises in developing and forming partnerships that are mutually beneficial. Leading on significant projects to bring employers closer to talented people that have a lot to offer as a future employee.

Sarah’s most recent work has been leading the development and implementation of Go Construct a website gateway that provides careers information and opportunities for talented people from all backgrounds to connect to employers. Sarah has supported and led on aspects of transformational organisational change. Developing new models and ways of working to bring about greater effectiveness and efficiencies and improved customer experiences.

Sarah is also the Chair of Marketing and Development Committee

Colin Ions

Colin has had a 30-year experience holding senior HR positions in both the Engineering and Brewing Industries, latterly as Group HR Director for Courage and a major division of Scottish & Newcastle. He then set up and led the Consulting arm of one of the world’s largest Law firm’s DLA Piper where his own key areas of focus were Change Management, Employee Relations and HR Strategy and Re-Engineering.
Colin has significant experience of governance and trusteeship and for the last 4 years he has also been the Chairman of a major charity in the North which works with and supports socially excluded groups including ex-offenders and the homeless. He was also on the Governing Body of Leeds University.

Colin is also the Chair of HR and Remuneration Committee

Asad Ali

Asad Ali is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial Team at Blacks Solicitors and has sat on the Audit & Risks Committee for four years.  He has recently been appointed as an external trustee and will be chairing the A&R meetings as well as assisting with the Appointments and Governance Committee.

Asad has a wealth of experience dealing with Corporate and Commercial legal matters and has developed a specialism in dealing with digital and creative clients.

Asad is also Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee

Elected Trustees

Find our more about our Student Exec.

Contacting our trustees and Annual General Meeting

You can contact the Trustees by emailing the Chair of the Board (and Union Affairs officer) Jack Palmer at 

The trustees also host LUU’s Annual General Meeting. This is an open meeting for any student to attend and ask questions.

The 2015-16 AGM was held on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at 2pm, in LUU's Foyer.

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