AMOSSHE elects a new Chair and Executive team

Members of AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation, have elected a new Chair, Vice Chair, and Executive team to steer our professional association and guide our strategy and development for the next two academic years.

Ben Bailey, Director of Student Services at the University of Birmingham, will take the role of Chair, after the current Chair Ben Lewis steps down at the end of August 2016. AMOSSHE’s new Vice Chair will be Fay Sherrington, Director of Student Services at Edge Hill University. Fay will replace Brian Hipkin.

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Game of Chairs: (left to right) incoming Chair Ben Bailey, incoming Vice Chair Fay Sherrington, outgoing Vice Chair Brian Hipkin, and outgoing Chair Ben Lewis

AMOSSHE is directed by 12 Executive members, who are Student Services professionals and AMOSSHE members. The Executive are elected by the membership and volunteer their time to ensure that AMOSSHE works in the best way to support our members, the sector and the student experience. Each year half of the Executive roles become vacant. All named AMOSSHE members have the opportunity to join the Executive by nominating themselves for a role, and members vote to elect the new Executive.

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2015/16 Executive team: (back row left to right) Helen McNeely, Ben Bailey, Nic Streatfield, and Sam Dale. (Front row left to right) Fay Sherrington, Maria Lorenzini, Mandi Barron, Nicole Redman, Christine Lowther, Ben Lewis, and Brian Hipkin. Jayne Aldridge (not pictured) was also part of the team

This year, 15 candidates volunteered to take the six available roles. AMOSSHE members elected the new Executive team after a month of voting, and the election results were announced at the AMOSSHE annual general meeting in Glasgow on 6 July.

The Executive Member roles for the 2016 to 2018 term of office will be taken by Nicola Barden (Director of Student Services, University of Winchester), Mandi Barron (Head of Student Services, Bournemouth University), Helen McNeely (Head of Student Affairs, Queen’s University Belfast), and Chris Shelley (Director of Student Services, King’s College London).

In addition, because Ben Bailey is taking the Chair role, his Executive Member role becomes vacant for one year. So Peter Quinn (Director of Student Support, University of York) takes this place for one year.

The new Executive members will join the ongoing Executive team to represent AMOSSHE for the 2016/17 academic year. At the annual general meeting, AMOSSHE Vice Chair (Operations) Nicole Redman welcomed the newly elected Executive members, and thanked everyone who nominated for the roles. She also thanked the outgoing Executive, Ben Lewis, Brian Hipkin and Maria Lorenzini, for all their hard work at the helm of the UK’s Student Services organisation.

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Ben Bailey thanks Ben Lewis for his work as AMOSSHE Chair

Find out more about the AMOSSHE Executive elections 2016.

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