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Students’ Union UCL is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees ensures the Union has the necessary financial and structural stability to carry out its aims effectively. The Board of Trustees makes major decisions on legal and financial issues and ensures that the Union is delivering on the political policy set by its democratic bodies. 

The Board of Trustees is made up for the following:

Sabbatical Trustees | External Trustees | Student Trustees

Sabbatical Trustees 

Sabbatical Trustees are four of the Sabbatical Officers of the Students’ Union elected via a cross-campus ballot. They carry out their roles as laid out by the Governing Documents. The Sabbatical Officers are elected in Spring and take office from 16 July following their election through to 15 July of the next year. 

Carol Paige, Democracy, Operations & Community Officer (Chair)

Ayman Benmati, Education Officer 

Yasmeen Daoud, Welfare & International Officer 

Ilyas Benmouna, Activities Officer


External Trustees 

There are three external Trustees - one member of UCL staff, one UCL alumni who has graduated over five years previously and one professional member who is has no connection with UCL. External trustees are appointed for a term of four years and may be reappointed for a further term. 

Mary Basterfield, UCL Alumnus

More about Mary coming soon. 

Clare Bracey, Non-UCL

Currently the Director of Campaigns and Youth Engagement at The Children’s Society, Clare has over 23 years experience working in the charity sector at a local, national and international level, delivering campaigns to change legislation, policy and practice, alongside a background in developing capacity building programmes.  Prior to The Children’s Society, Clare worked at Amnesty International UK for over 17 years. She is passionate about human rights and creating positive change, and wants to see all young people thrive.

Deepan Banati, UCL Staff

In his current role, Deepan works as the Head of Finance in UCL with responsibility for one of the largest academic areas in the college. He partners with business heads and other stakeholders to formulate and implement strategic and operational plans. In the past, he has held similar roles in the education sector and before that at the BBC. He is passionate about finance making a real impact in achieving the strategic goals of the organisation.

Student Trustees  

Four student trustees are elected by cross-campus ballot where all students can vote, they are elected for a twelve month period (November to October). 

David Ruttenberg

As a PhD Candidate at UCL’s IOE | CCM | Developmental Diversity and Knowledge Labs, I research wearable interventions for neurotypical and autistic individuals. I am also an Amazon Best-Selling Author/Lecturer/Mentor, having created print, electronic & Audible books and courses. I lecture and mentor undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral protégés, and have published 50+ technical articles and 700+ productions for major, independent, and boutique concerns. Lastly, I am a GRAMMY Producer & Audio Engineer, working for both A-List entertainers including Jeff Berlin, Russ Freeman, The Rippingtons, and Eric Marienthal. My productions were recorded and performed by Chick Corea, Peter Erskine, and Russell Ferrante, and I have also published two solo recordings benefiting pediatric research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Aimee Connolly

Aimee is currently doing an MSc in Public Policy. She has recent experience as the full time, elected Education Officer and Deputy President in Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union, where she did her undergraduate.She also currently works for Students’ Union UCL as a Research and Evaluation Assistant and is passionate about all things policy and governance related.

Vlad Dinu

More about Vlad coming soon. 

Tishuana Mullings

Tishauna Mullings is a Chevening Scholar who has considered her time at UCL as a Master’s Student studying Development Administration and Planning as a stop on her journey to transform young people’s lives. This is what lead her to her role a Student Trustee, a role to which she brings a wealth of experience. On the journey to achieve her social mission to help rural youth become globally competitive Tishauna has achieved many accolades to include: Governor-General Award 2015, Northern Caribbean University (NCU) graduating class valedictorian of 2012, National Farm Queen 2014, delegate for Barack Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative 2016, two-time nominee and winner of Prime Ministers Youth Award for a track record in community and national development and serves as Brand Ambassador for the Bank of Jamaica’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy. She also works as a Training Consultant for HEART Trust National Training Association in areas such a business readiness skills and professional development. Her work landed her social enterprise: NexxStepp Lifelong Educational Services an award for Rural Regeneration from USAID and Jamaica National Foundation in 2018.  In May 2019, she received an award for being a one of the 30 most influential young leaders under 30 of Caribbean American Heritage from the Institute of Caribbean Studies.  She is here to discover England and find avenues to serve while growing.