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. 


Roland Maposa

Roland joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

Roland is a B.A Contemporary and Professional Studies student. He brings with him experience of having worked in the third sector and as a coach to entrepreneurs and leaders.  Alongside his degree, he volunteers as a learning champion with the School of Lifelong Learning (LLC) and is working on a project titled, ‘In:Leeds!’, which seeks to attract and retain talent to the Leeds City Region.  Alumni of both the Leeds to New York leadership programme and Common Purpose. He has posted on the LLC and Careers blogs. He is a member of the Coffee and Enterprise societies. 


Eyong Ebot-Arrey

Eyong joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

Eyong is a 3rd year medical student, whose current interests lie strongly within Global Health and Emergency Medicine. Alongside her studies, she mentors as part of the NSAMR Buddy Scheme for aspiring medical students and acts as a 3rdyear rep for the Humanities and Spiritual Health Society. External to the course, she has previously acted as the Secretary for the African Caribbean Society and participated in the Leeds RAG Fashion Show. Her interests also lie within Youth and Social Policy, Music and Dance!

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 & 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 2017-18 AGM will be held on Tuesday 20th February 2017 at 12pm, in the Riley Smith Theatre.

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