Student Hubs Welcomes New Chair and Trustees

Posted on: 9 February 2018

Student Hubs’ Trustee Board is a vital source of expertise, direction and accountability for the staff team and our volunteers. I’m thrilled to announce that long-standing Trustee and Vice Chair Jennifer Ekelund will be moving into the position of Chair for an interim period.

Jenny Ekelund Public Speaking

Jenny says:

“It is a great privilege to act as Student Hubs’ Chair. I’ve hugely enjoyed working with the trustees and staff as Vice-Chair over the past four years. I continue to be energised and inspired by all that our student volunteers (2,322 in 16/17!) achieve in their communities.

“When I joined the Student Hubs board back in 2014, I was driven by one question. ‘What if every student had engaged with social and environmental challenges while at university?’ Just imagine what could be achieved! This remains my passion. In 2018, we are lucky to be joined by new board members representing higher education, social enterprise and the charity sector who share the staff team’s excitement and determination to achieve this vision.”

Many thanks to Trewin Restorick, our outgoing Chair, for his leadership and support for the organisation over the past three and a half years.

We’re also delighted to be welcoming five new Trustees onto the Board in 2018. You can find out more about them below.

Therese Reinheimer-Jones

Head of Student Engagement and Enhancement, Kingston University. Therese has over 15 years’ experience in the education and corporate sectors. At Kingston, she leads a Department to deliver initiatives that improve students’ experiences and skills. Previous roles include Director for New Talent at the National Skills Academy for Financial Services and Senior Manager at Tower Hamlets College. She holds qualifications from Lancaster University, the University of Roehampton and UCL’s Institute of Education.

Gerry Kelleher

Gerry has extensive experience working in higher education, mostly in the North West of England. Gerry retired as Vice Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire in 2015. Before joining UCLAN he spent 5 years at Manchester Metropolitan University where he was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that he held the posts of Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University.

Desirée Benson

Young Volunteers Programme Manager, Royal Free Charity. Desirée has extensive experience of volunteering and managing volunteers, having impressively developed hospital volunteering for the Royal Free Charity. Desirée studied at the University of Birmingham and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Lee Gray

Executive Director, 104 Stories. After rising to a senior level in programme and strategic planning at Turner Networks, Lee became a certified chef. Leveraging these experiences, Lee led a youth career mentoring charity and served on state and national executive boards for over a thirteen-year period. In 2015 Lee moved from America to Oxford and established herself as an executive-level advisor to several UK based charities, bringing her passion and expertise for innovation, strategy and collaborative thinking.

Jemma Phibbs

Co-Founder and CEO, School Space. Jemma set up her first social enterprise ​when she was 17, but hopes it won’t be her last. School Space works in the education sector to generate income for schools by renting out their facilities. Jemma brings knowledge of growing a business in the social sector and a passion for education to the Student Hubs Trustee Board.

Read more about our aims for 2017/18 in our latest Impact Report.

Francis Wight

Francis is Student Hub's Chief Executive.

Tags: Social Action, Third Sector


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