Meet the Team

Our core team works year-round to make your student experience the highest quality possible. This involves supporting the Sabbatical Officers in delivering their manifesto priorities, offering advice, coordinating Reps, managing clubs and societies, and much more.
Our core team works year-round to make your student experience the highest quality possible. This involves supporting the Sabbatical Officers in delivering their manifesto priorities, offering advice, coordinating Reps, managing clubs and societies, and much more.

Sabbatical Officers

General Enquiries

SU President Falmouth

Hannah de Oliveira Whitlock

Hi, I’m Hannah! I love the outdoors—cliff jumping, adventuring, and camping bring me a lot of joy. Working with my hands in ceramics, bookbinding, and other physical crafts alongside photography are very important to me and help me to be connected to myself and everything around me. Considering the difficulties of modern living, I strongly believe in the significance of unassessed creativity, physical making and exploration; something I wish to focus on during my time as Falmouth President.

I aim to spark meaningful dialogues and inspire constructive change. I believe that communication is a fundamental mechanism that enables connection, understanding, knowledge, empathy, education, information and the preservation of our cultures. So, I’m always up for a chat.

SU President Exeter

Connie Chilcott

I’m Connie, your President Exeter for 23/24, I’m a spirited person who loves the ocean and you’ll often find me on the beach or in the sea! My background is centred around community organising and collaboration, I strongly believe that meaning can be found within our relationships with others. This belief has made me an empathetic person with a drive to create change in our communities. I find the ocean to be a magical and calming place, it rejuvenates me and allows me to decompress - something that’s necessary in our busy lives! I enjoy spending time surrounded by loved ones, usually sharing a home-cooked meal or laughing in nature; these relationships sustain and nourish me. With a care for our Earth and all inhabitants, I hope to encourage and uplift our diverse community to thrive and generate change.

SU Vice President

Orestis Collins-Alamanos

I am Orestis, a passionate individual hailing from Athens, Greece. With a background in Fashion Marketing, I combine my love for visual communication and storytelling to create impactful work that addresses societal and cultural issues. I find that I can express my inner thoughts, morals, and culture best through the art of writing.

Cooking is one of my many passions, where I find joy in experimenting with flavours and creating delicious culinary experiences. I also enjoy sharing a glass of wine with friends, as it brings people together in moments of warmth and community.

Driven by my desire to make a difference, I am not afraid to push boundaries and think outside the box. Through creative endeavours, I strive to raise awareness on matters that deeply affect and interest me. By employing innovative approaches, I seek to ignite meaningful conversations and provoke positive change.

Please note that Orestis' term has come to an end as of May 3 2024, any emails please reach out to!

SU Vice President

Phil Green

Hi, I’m Phil and I’m your Vice President for 2023/24! I am a climate activist and a creative, and I love being part of nature. You will most likely find me in the woods, experiencing the changing seasons and enjoying the company of trees. My love for the world translates into climate activism; I have spent countless hours organising in the community, from people’s assemblies to direct action. The relationships we form in this time of crisis is so important, and I believe that we can build resilience rooted in love if we work together. I’m always up for a cup of tea and I love to hang out in the allotments on the campuses, so don’t hesitate to come up and have a chat!

Central Services

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Ceri Davies

Ceri Davies is The SU's Interim CEO.

Finance Manager

Rhian Robertson

Hello, I'm Rhian, I work closely with Karen to ensure the smooth running of all finance and HR related matters within the SU! I Have lived in many places throughout the UK and Cornwall is definitely one of my favorites, with all the glorious beaches and attractions which myself and my family love to visit in our free time! Also it helps that I LOVE scones and I am a jam first kinda gal, so I fit in here quite nicely!!!

Head of People and Governance

Karen Draycott

Hi there, a big part of my role is about our people in the charity; how we create an exciting, positive working culture and supporting initiatives and processes that enables us to deliver a brilliant student experience. I am also lucky enough to work with the Trustees, Officers and Senior Leadership Team to support with good governance and strategy. I am part of our Central Service team, working closely with Rhian ensuring smooth operations behind the scenes. Outside of work, I love to hang out with my family and friends. I like sea swimming, listening to music and generally relaxing in the sun.


Head of Advocacy

Saranna Chipper-Keating

Hi! I'm Saranna and I am Head of Advocacy. I have a background in higher education and am passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion in research and education. Since moving to Cornwall two years ago I've started sea swimming and have swum through two winters - without a wetsuit! I love surfing, camping, exploring gardens and glasshouses, and can usually be found in a gym class after work.

Student Adviser

Jo Barrett

Hi, I’m Jo, one of the two advisors in our Advice Team. Outside of work I am a real ‘foodie’; I love planning, buying, cooking, eating and thinking about food! I’m a keen walker and have completed the Camino de Santiago. My newest passion is sea swimming after work.

Student Adviser

Katie Cook

Hi, I'm Katie, one of the two Student Advisors in the Advocacy Team. I'm here to provide advice, support, and advocacy for students, as well as striving to empower students to advocate for themselves. So it works well that helping people is one of my passions in life! Beyond my professional role, I find joy in creating art, engaging in fun crochet projects, and I cherish spending time in the tranquility of nature and exploring remote parts of Cornwall.

Academic Rep & Advocacy Coordinator

Penny Davies

Hi! I’m Penny, and I'm a Academic Rep & Advocacy Coordinator at The SU. I’ve recently graduated from Falmouth and have lots of first-hand experience as a student rep, so I’m excited to help students to get the most out of the role! When I’m not working, you’ll find me watching bad movies, playing games on my switch or trying to befriend the local campus cats.


General Comms Enquiries

Head of Engagement

Kayleigh Hardy

I’m Kayleigh and I'm Head of Engagement at The SU. I love all things content: creating emails, blogs, social media posts and more – anything that shares an interesting message in an entertaining way. My role supports the other SU teams in finding out what you want from your SU and making sure you know where and when you can find it. When I’m not working, you’ll find me on a netball court, walking by the sea, playing my Nintendo Switch or heading out for dinner at the latest Cornwall pop-up.

Communications and Engagement Coordinator

Jasmine St John Wallis

Hi! I’m Jasmine. At the SU I work as part of the Comms team as a Design and Engagement Coordinator to provide Imagery and footage for events and social media. I am a previous student at Falmouth University and studied Marine and Natural History Photography. When I’m not photographing, you can find me exploring the Cornish coastline come rain, wind or shine. Or jumping in the sea and going for a swim, surf, or SUP. I love creating and exploring new ways to make attention grabbing content for websites and socials.

Communications and Engagement Coordinator

Ting Loh

Hello! I’m Ting, and I work as part of the comms team at the SU. As a Communications & Engagement Coordinator, I work on numerous different things, such as designing content, posting on our SU social media platforms, creating newsletters and much more. When I’m not working you can find me curled up with a good thriller/fantasy book, painting Cornish scenery or taking long countryside walks.

Democracy & Engagement Coordinator

Lesley Quinn

Hi there, my name is Lesley, and my role is to support the Elected Officers and to ensure Student Voice is heard in everything to do with the student experience. When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, festivals, and van life.


General Enquiries

Head of Communities

Hayley Rowley (Maternity Leave)

Hayley is the Head of Communities. Hayley graduated from UWIC in 2009, joined The SU (which was called FXU back then) in January 2010 and has undertaken a number of roles within the Student Opportunities Team and loves being part of The Students Union. Hayley is Cornish born and bred and will ensure everyone eats their cream tea the right way (jam first)!

Sports Coordinator

Tom Milburn

I’m Tom and I am the new Sports Co-ordinator at the SU. I have joined the SU from Truro College, where I was a Learning Support Assistant. Assisting students with their learning and extra curricular activities. My experience within sport is predominantly in Football. Whether it’s playing for my local town or more recently becoming an FA referee. Looking forward to supporting students with their ideas and sharing my past experiences within sport to help clubs develop and thrive.

Communities Coordinator

Liz Tollemache

Hi! I’m Liz, your Communities Coordinator. I oversee and support all your society related events, socials and queries. I graduated from BA Photography at Falmouth in 2021 with a background in curation, social media and events. I’m an avid reader, lover of romance languages and film studies! I absolutely loved my time at university and want to ensure every student has the best possible experience, starting with getting involved in the wonderful range of fun societies we have.

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