What are Students' Union Officers?

Students' Union Officers are elected by the students (you!) to run the Union. 6 full time officers are paid by the Union to run it on behalf of the students of Newcastle University. Part Time Officers are elected to sit on executive commitees and represent your opinions, and also do whatever it is they were elected to do!

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What is the Students' Union Trustees Board?

Having become a registered charity in 2009, Newcastle University Students' Union is required to have a board of trustees in place, to not only ensure that the organisation is meeting it's legal and financial requirements; but to also provide guidance and structure for future strategies and decision-making. The board is made up of your six full-time sabbatical officers, two appointed students and four external members, who have been chosen based on their level of experience, knowledge and skills.


Trustees Board


Peter Gibson

Peter Gibson

Peter attended Newcastle University, graduating in 1997 (LLb Hons) followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at The College of Law in York. Peter was admitted as a Solicitor in September 2001 and has worked in private practice ever since. Since 2006 Peter has owned and managed is own practice, Coles Solicitors, which has grown under his stewardship to nine offices employing in excess of fifty people.


Peter is the firm’s Managing Director and sole shareholder.

Chris Simpson

Chris attended Newcastle University from 2006 to 2009, graduating with a first in Maths with Management

After leaving Newcastle he worked for PwC in Newcastle for four and a half years. Three and a half of these were spent in external audit, covering organisations from charitable foundations up to FTSE 100 businesses. The final year was spent in risk assurance, providing internal audit services for clients.

Chris joined Northgate plc, the leading provider of light commercial vehicle hire, in April 2014 in the role of Group Financial Accountant.

Jon Bennett

Jon is a journalist, TV producer, media trainer and communications consultant.  

He attended Newcastle University from 1993-96 and stayed in the region after graduating to train as a reporter with the North East daily newspaper The Journal. He moved to London in 1999 and since then has worked for a wide range of magazines, newspapers and TV news programmes. 

Ben Sadler

Ben Sadler

Ben is a Management Consultant specialising in IT and Project and Programme delivery based just south of Manchester. Over the last fourteen years he has worked on and delivered major projects and programmes of work in Government, Healthcare and Telecommunications sectors in the UK, Europe and Asia. Prior to beginning his career, Ben graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from Newcastle in 1996, before organising the First Year Conference (Freshers' Week) in 1996, and holding the position of President of the Student Union in 1997-8.


Carmen Huang

Student Trustee

I am in my third and final year studying Law at Newcastle University. This will be my second year as a Community Representative for Jesmond and a Law Mentor for first year students. For my final year, I have taken on some new roles including the Editor of All Rise, the Eldon (Law) Society’s magazine, and the Times Survey Student Manager. I have achieved the NCL+ Award last year by completing 50+ hours of extra curricular activities, which includes my voluntary work for Fresher’s Week, three separate representative roles, and learning Italian under the University Wide Languages Programme. Apart from my university activities, I work part-time at Subway as a Sandwich Artist. My hobbies include volunteering, keeping fit, travelling, and eating.


Gillian Salmon

Student Trustee

I worked in accounts before starting university.  I am a Philosophy undergraduate in my third and final year at Newcastle University.  I am a Course Rep and School Rep, Secretary of Mature Students Society, I was on Scrutiny Committee last year and am on Steering Committee this year and am on Student Council.  I have also been on the committee of Student Staff Partnership Forum and was part of the Inclusive Learning Working Group and will be part of a spin off group looking at contact hours for the first semester of this year.  Apart from my university activities I am a director of a small car spare parts and accessories business in Cornwall, which my husband inherited from his father three years ago.