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Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running3
Available position1
Total ballots44
Valid votes44
Invalid votes0


Round Louis Saunders Shamin Tahasildar RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 11.00 33.00 0.00 11.00 22.00
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 22.00. Candidate Shamin Tahasildar has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Shamin Tahasildar.

Number of vacancies: 1


Louis Saunders
As someone who has enjoyed hiking for a very long time, I would relish the opportunity to be involved in helping the society to be able to invest in opportunities and, through doing this, facilitate others to experience the joys of hiking.

Why am I qualified to be Treasurer? I believe that my previous experience in helping to organise my school’s Debating Society has taught me many of the skills required. For example, through helping to run the debates most effectively I improved my organisational and time management skills. As well as this, I acted as a food shop volunteer last Spring, which involved purchasing groceries for individuals within a strictly defined budget, forcing me to have to economise and prioritise the most important things for those I was helping, plus finding suitable substitutes when particular products were too expensive. This experience in managing budgets will be of great help should I be elected Treasurer. Also, I have bought a copy of the very niche Club Treasurer's Handbook from Amazon!

I am also very results-driven and want to see the Hiking Club succeed not just in terms of a large membership, but managing finances in a way that provides the most opportunity as possible. Firstly, I will ensure that our Union Grant is as large as it can possibly be, and will write a strong appeal if it appears too small. Secondly, I pledge to directly and regularly consult members about what their priorities are, and use this to inform financial decisions.
Shamin Tahasildar
Hello! I’m Shamin, a 2nd year MSci Biochemistry student. Like many of you, I’m passionate for outdoor activities, and I’m yearning to get back to the countryside once we’re out of lockdown.
Given the importance of nature to our health, I believe a return to hiking should be as easy and enjoyable as possible. Based on my past experiences, I believe I can contribute to this through the role of Club Treasure.
With the responsibility of managing Club finances, I will simplify this into 3 stages:
• Budgeting for planned events such that they are affordable and accessible
• Fundraising by growing student membership and potential sponsors, both local communities and corporate
• Working with committee members to ensure expenditure is controlled and reasonable
Having travelled to over 30 countries, several independently, I have become adept at planning budgets and managing finances for excursions. Similarly, as part of Gold Duke of Edinburgh and numerous camping expeditions, I was involved in route planning, booking campsites and organising travel. I believe these experiences are valuable for both helping run the Club and leading a hike itself. Furthermore, I will network with similar hiking/ outdoor organisations to ensure the Club can organise larger events such as residential or overseas trips at fair prices.
I am excited to get back to the outdoors, and hope to do so in a position where I can help all members of the Club, both on and off the hiking trail. Thank you!