Manchester Metropolitan University Students' Union
 

Staff about us

MATT ROBINSON

Chief Executive

Matt is the Senior staff member in the Union. He reports to the trustee board. He works with officers and staff to manage the day to day operation of the Union on the boards behalf. He runs on coffee.

JO STAFFORD

Head of Marketing & Communications

Leading marketing, comms, events and conferencing is Jo. She makes sure that we talk to the right people, about the right things, at the right time – and that students' voices are heard.

LESLEY EDWARDS

Head of People

Lesley looks after all the staff at The Union and makes sure The Union stays a great place to work. She makes sure that the hiring process is fair and that The Union is the best employer it can be. 

LOUISE WHITE

Head of Finance and Performance

Lou oversees everything in finance and makes sure everything The Union does meets all legal financial requirements. She also keeps an eye on all performance measures such as the bars, coffee shop and retail.

PAUL NORMAN

Head of Membership Development

Paul looks after everything The Union does that directly benefits the students – he makes sure all the different departments that you come into contact with work hard for your benefit. 

SEPHANIE TAYLOR-WREN

Head of Marketing Communications & Insight

Steph’s all about research and insight and loves immersing herself in an issue to really understand it. She’s on maternity leave at the moment, immersing herself in a whole new world being a mum.

Advice

MEG COFFEY

Advice Centre Manager

Meg manages the Advice Centre and leads the team. She’s been at The Union since 2002 and knows how to deal with almost any problems that students face. 

LORNA BIBBY

Deputy Advice Centre Manager

Lorna’s worked in all sorts of roles since she was a student at MMU. With ten years experience at The Union under her belt, Lorna's a go-to for both students and advisers. 

Alex Lambert.

ALEX LAMBERT

Adviser

As a student, Alex was really involved with the welfare and liberation side of his Students' Union, so working to help students has always been Alex's calling. 

GLENDA DODD

Adviser

Glenda’s been with the Advice Centre since 2011, and she loves to work with students through complex cases and seeing them rewarded with the positive outcomes they deserve. 

JACKIE JONES

Adviser

Jackie started working at The Union in 2003 and used to work as a Mental Health Caseworker for the Citizens Advice Bureau. She spends most of her time dealing with finance based questions and helpiing students with funding, benefits and debt. 

Tom Rutherford.

TOM RUTHERFORD

Adviser 

Tom is one of the faces you'll see if you go to the Advice Centre. Before he came to The Union, he worked for various homless and housing charities providing support and advice.

Central Services

ELEANOR IBI

Governance & Administration Manager

Making sure everyone is where they should be, on time, and with the right stuff, is Eleanor. She's also the queen of beautifully engineered agendas, minutes and reports. 

PAUL EGAN

Learning & Development Manager

Paul makes sure all staff are always learning new things and constantly improves the traning on offer. He makes sure everyone's been trained on what they need to do their jobs.  

GEORGE BISSETT

Project Coordinator

George makes sure Union projects run smoothly and meet deadlines. His projects can be anything from thinking of how Union outlets and services can be more sustainable to organising Welcome Week and other activities.

 

 

HABIBA KHATUN

 

HR Coordinator

 

Habiba is the person that helps managers deal with things like absences or all things recruitment — but she's also there to help out staff if they need any HR support. She's also looking after boosting staff engagement and making sure that everyone loves working at The Union. 

Events & Conferencing

MIKEY GOODWIN

Events & Conferencing Manager

Mikey looks after any big events or conferences that happen at The Union or the Salutation, as well as looking after the front of house and media sales teams. 

Amie Atkinson

COLETTE PARKINSON

Front of House Coordinator

Colette looks after the staff reception team and all the action on the ground floor, including visitors, maintanance and any events that are going on. She's the ultimate go-to for any staff or students in the building.

Amie Atkinson

JOSH LEUNG

Events & Media Coordinator

Students love deals and free stuff, so Josh works with companies to get them advertising opportunties in return. He also manages who has a stand at Freshers Fair and organises what's goes on the digital screens. 

KYM MORETON

Event Sales Coordinator

Are you a company that wants an event in The Union or The Salutation? Kym's who will secure and help to plan that for you. She also works on internal events like Freshers and Refreshers Fair. 

Food and Beverage

RONAN CLOWES

Salutation Manager

 

Amie Atkinson

JACK BOYLE

Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

Jack's makes sure that you can always get a coffee, pint or food at The Union. He's responsible for making sure that the bar and cafe are running smoothly and are always stocked up. 

ANDY PITT

Head Chef

Andy's whole career has been in hospitality so he knows kitchens inside out. He makes sure everything's up to standard and is in charge of keeping the kitchen fully-stocked. 

Amie Atkinson

SEAN EDDLESTON

Sous Chef 

 

 

EMMANUEL OKAFOR

 

Chef de Partie 

 

 

 

TOM GRAY

 

Salutation Chef

 

Finance

SABERA KHAN

Finance Manager

Sabera runs the day to day Finance Function and makes sure everything happens on time. She's also covering for Nikki while she's on mat leave, so she pays monthly staff and produces the management accounts.

NICHOLA ROTHERHAM

Deputy Finance Manager

Nikki deals with all the monthy staff wages and keeps The Union's accounts balanced. She's on maternity leave at the moment, but she'll be back to keeping The Union in check soon.

KELLY HAYES

Finance Coordinator

Keeping on top of all The Union's bills is Kelly. She makes sure everything's paid and that all invoices have been sent to customers.

 

 

TERESA WOODHALL

 

Finance Assistant

 

Making sure the Union's assets are all where they should be is Teresa. She also makes sure all the student staff gets paid, and is the friendly face you'll see at the window when you buy a bus ticket. 

Marketing & Communications

AMY TURNER

Graphic Designer

Amy's the creative behind The Union's artwork. Her designs are all across The Union – the wall art, the Welcome bee, the bar menus, booklets, event leaflets, website banners, physical banners, bags, pins, posters... everything, really.

Amie Atkinson

GEORGIE RASTALL

Digital and Content Manager

Georgie handles all things website and Union Cloud, from managing online content, to working on user experience and interface, or helping when it won't let you buy a society membership.

JOSH PATMORE

Social and Video Manager

The Union meme machine and video wizard is Josh. He manages our social media platforms and helps students, officers, and Union staff create any digital content that they need.  

JOSEPH BROTHERTON

Marketing Manager

Joseph makes sure that all The Union's messaging gets to the right people. He plans huge projets like Welcome and makes sure everything's in the right place at the right time. He's also the go-to for any other teams who needs some marketing wizardry. 

Amie Atkinson

ABI GIBSON

Communications Coordinator

Abi keeps students in the loop about Union news and upcoming projects. If you've got a story to tell or anything to shout about, she wants to know. She also works closely with student media and can't resist a good meme. 

 

 

LAURA RAMSDEN

 

Communications Coordinator

 

Laura is an organisational whiz for all things marketing and is the person making sure everything's being printed and delivered on time. She's also got a flair with words and a creative eye for copywriting. 

Opportunities

ROB LEDLEY

Opportunities Manager

Rob looks after the whole Opportunities Department. He supports all the student groups and makes sure they have opportunity to grow, as well as being the go-to for the VP Cheshire, Sport Officer and Societies and Development Officer.

 

KIRSTY HUNTER

Student Groups Coordinator

Kirsty helps socieities make their ideas become reality by helping them with any events, elections or anything else. She also makes sure nobody breaks any rules, stuff, or bones in the process. 

SOPHIE PICTON

Student Groups Coordinator

Life's never quiet for Sophie. From running events, to helping students set new things up, or sorting out elections  – lots of students have Sophie to thank for their society running smoothly. 

Student Voice

LISA BURTON

Student Voice Manager

Lisa keeps everything student voice in check and makes sure that all students and officers have the tools they need to make change during their time at University. In the elections, she's the main person keeping the whole process fair and run by the book.

Amie Atkinson

ANNA DONEGAN

Sports Representation Coordinator

Anna supports the student reps and sports club committees so they can get their feedback and input into the MMU Sport Programmes and make sure change really happens when they make a great case for it.

RACHAEL GIBBONS

Campaigns & Engagement Coordinator

Rachael is a key person in making change happen. She supports the elected officers with planning and delivering their campaigns for the year as well as supporting students with theirs. 

SAM COOKE

Academic Representation Coordinator

Sam is the go-to for anything course rep. She designs and helps to deliver the training as well as being on-hand to help the course rep community all year round. 

SIYANG WEI

Social Policy Coordinator

Siyang keeps up with everything that's happening in the higher education world and at the University, then relays it to everyone that needs to know so they know how to best represent you. 

Volunteering

JESSICA BULL

Volunteering & Community Action Manager

The Union offers so many different types of volunteering – sports, internal opportunities, community projects, and more. Jessica makes sure all of them meet the best standards. 

EMILY ROCHE

Sports Volunteering Coordinator

For volunteering projects that are sports focused – Emily is the person to contact. She's always finding new and varied opportunities for sporty student volunteers.

 

JILLY MCKIERNAN

 

Volunteering Coordinator

 

Jilly manages our volunteering portal making sure there’s a volunteer role for every student on there. She talks to charities and tailors roles to what students are interested in. She also organises one-off volunteer days with The Union and volunteering themed talks and workshops.

Amie Atkinson

PHOEBE HANSON

Community Projects Coordinator

Through social action and volunteering, Phoebe works with students to get them more involved with their local communities and make a real difference in Manchester. 

Retail

 

MIKE BARRY

Retail Manager

 

 

CHRIS BOHAN

Deputy Shop Manager

 

 

JAMES GOMERSALL

Deputy Shop Manager

 

 

ELAINE BOYLE

Retail Administration Assistant