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.

Karen Humble

Karen Gray

Karen graduated from Newcastle University in 1981 (Agricultural Economics BSc Hons). A strategic communications specialist based in the North East of England her early career was spent with leading engineering manufacturer AESSEAL. She started her public relations company in 1996 and acts for a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Karen is Co-Chairman of the Academy for Chief Executives (North East) and a Trustee of Esh Charitable Trust, Newcastle University Students' Union, Changing Lives (The Cyrenians) and Durham County Cricket Club Foundation. Karen also delivers work-related training and learning to school students through her training arm ‘The Interface – serious fun!’

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.

Tom Shah

Student Trustee

Tom is a History student at Newcastle. He is regularly active in both Athletic Union clubs and NUSU Societies, serving as Secretary of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Club, Social Secretary of the Windsurfing Club and contributing to the running of the History society. He has previously sat on the Scrutiny Committee, been a member of Freshers Crew and regularly attends Student Council, being passionate about wider representation and mass involvement.

Harry Young

Student Trustee

Harry is a third year Economics and Mathematics student at Newcastle. Since coming to Newcastle, Harry has fully immersed himself in the opportunities available to him at NUSU. He has held executive positions within societies, and is currently the President of the Raising and Giving (RAG) Society. RAG is one of the largest societies on campus, with over 300 members and is one of the organisers of RAG Week. In addition to society volunteering, Harry has sat on the Education Executive, Scrutiny Committee and attends Student Council. Harry was elected Head Boy during his final year in Sixth Form, and has had a passion for student opinion and voice ever since.