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Meet our Trustees
Meet our Trustees

The Union is headed by 5 External Trustees and 5 full time Elected Officers, known collectively as the Executive Team, who have been elected to run the Students’ Union on behalf of you, the students. The Alumni Trustee is appointed for a period of four years by the Appointments Committee, provided they receive 75% approval by the Student Council. External Trustees are recruited to bring experience and expertise to the Board. These are appointed in the same way as the Alumni Trustee, although one must be a current member of senior University Staff.

Our external Trustees are:

Professor Dave Butcher (Chair of Trustees)

Professor Dave Butcher retired recently as Principal of Writtle College, a specialist HE land-based college in Essex. He was formerly Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University, and has also worked in lecturing and research at Huddersfield University and the University of Central Lancashire.

Dave has a degree (from Hull University) a PGCE and PhD in Geography (from Huddersfield University) and his areas of research are hydrology and fluvial geomorphology. He has been involved in research with a number of water companies and the Environment Agency in projects concerning water colour, climate change, reservoir sedimentation, pollution transport in rivers and the restoration of upland moorlands.

Dave’s current interests involve research for the National Trust in blanket bog management and he is a trustee of the Affinity Water Trust, which supports people who are unable to afford their water bills. He still supervises a number of PhD students.

Dave lives in the Peak District in Edale and his interests include tennis, gardening and Sheffield Wednesday.


Mike Kagioglou (University Trustee)

Professor Mike Kagioglou is Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. He was previously at the University of Salford where he was the Head of the School of Built Environment, the No.1 Research Power School in the last RAE for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Mike's career spans Engineering, Manufacturing, Creativity, Design, Architecture and the Built Environment, engaged in inter and multi-disciplinary research at a global level. He is an Academic Director for the £11M EPSRC funded interdisciplinary IMRC in Health and Care Infrastructures Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) and was previously the Director of the £8M EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) in the built and human environment.

Mike is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Senior Associate of the Royal Academy of Medicine. He has published more than 150 academic referred papers, many industrial reports and two books. His current research is around Healthcare infrastructure and better decision making in complex settings, following an outcomes/benefits based philosophy.


Karen O'Neill

After completing a BA Joint Hons Media and Cultural Studies and Screen Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, Karen begin working in the arts as a manager in community theatres focusing on the developing both community engagement with the arts and financial stability for the venues. She then moved on to work in the large scale venues hosting west end shows. Working with production companies such as Cameron Mackintosh and Rug Theatre, Karen was part of the management team to premier such shows as Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and We Will Rock You for the first time outside of London. She also worked on the first Manchester International Festival as the host venue for Monkey; Journey to the West.

As General Manager of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, a multi arts venue firmly rooted in the community. The Lawrence Batley Theatre is an outstanding venue presenting a wide variety of live performance and delivering community projects across the local area. As General Manager Karen oversees the strategic development of the venue from securing its financial future through fundraising and income generation to creating a place where creativity can flourish.

Karen is currently an International Fellow at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. joining arts manager from across the world for one month each year in Washington D.C to learn, creative, empower and inspire each other and their organisations.


Jane Glaister

Jane Glaister currently runs her own business as a cultural consultant specialising in museum, gallery, heritage and creative and cultural skills projects and the transfer of cultural and leisure assets from the public to the voluntary/private sector and has extensive experience in strategic planning and change management. She is an experienced charity trustee and a visiting lecturer on Leadership and Management at Sheffield University School of Management.

Jane is currently Deputy Chair of The Art House,Wakefield, board member of Manchester Camerata, a non-executive director of CIDACo and professional advisor to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. Jane is also an elected Fellow of both the Museums Association and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Industry and regularly lectures on both cultural and management topics in the UK and abroad.

Jane completed her MBA (with distinction) in 2007 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005.


Rubina Rashid

Rubina is currently Assistant Principal – Students at Barnsley College and University Campus Barnsley. She has a degree in Marketing and Law and a background in enterprise. Prior to joining Barnsley College she managed a regional enterprise education project. She has recently won an innovation award for iTrust at Educate the North and a Duke of York Community Initiative Award. In her spare time she likes to learn new languages and has recently taken up learning the piano.