Details of Directors

Officers of the Board

Chair 
Mike Wilkinson
Co-opted Director

 Mike Wilkinson is an Independent Director and current Chair of the Board. He also chairs the Nottingham Group. Mike was University Secretary of Leeds Metropolitan ( now Leeds Beckett ) University and is a former Independent Assessor to the Student Loans Company and former Company Secretary of the then Higher Education Academy. He is now a consultant. From 2002/2010 he chaired the Standards Committee of Leeds City Council and currently acts as ‘ Independent Person ‘ to the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority. He is a Justice of the Peace, supplemental list.

Mike is also currently an External Trustee at York St John Students’ Union, having previously held similar roles at both Bradford College and Leeds Beckett Students’ Unions


Deputy Chair Portfolio
Andy Welsh

With a background in local government and HR Andy has been involved in the education sector for over 25 years. Andy has worked in social housing and been a Board Member of a Housing Association and maintains a keen interest in social housing issues. He has strong links with Leeds having moved to the city to study Chemistry at Leeds University in the 1980s completing his MBA there some twenty years later. Andy has successfully completed a number of significant capital projects in schools and colleges.

 

Deputy Chair - Partnerships
Ian Robertson
Head of Residential and Commercial Services, University of Leeds

Ian is Head of Residential Accommodation at the University of Leeds where he leads a team managing fourteen large residential sites & a number of smaller properties that accommodate circa 7,000 students.  Prior to being appointed to this post, Ian worked for 7 years as Assistant to the Director of Residential and Commercial Services (Residences) at the University.

He is a member of the Institute of Hospitality and before joining the University of Leeds, he worked in the hotel industry as a Banqueting Manager and a Food & Beverage Manager with Marriott Hotels, then as a Hotel General Manager with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.Ian is a member of the Committee of Management for the National Code of Standards for Larger Student Developments and a board member of Mary Morris International Residence Ltd.

Deputy Chair - Finance
Jenny Share

Jenny-Share2-(1).jpgJenny Share is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust where she is responsible for setting up legal and operational structures within the Trust ensuring that the staff and volunteers of trust work together effectively and safely.  She has particular responsibility for the oversight of corporate governance, audit, risk, safeguarding, health & safety and organisational development.

 





Meri Braziel 
Co-opted Director

Meri Braziel has over 25 years in the global telecommunications and ICT industry, beginning her career with Sprint International as Finance Manager of EMEA and has held several Managing Director and CEO roles of technology companies in the UK. From 2011-2015, Meri was CEO of Keycom plc, an internet service provider to public sector organisations, including higher education, military, and hospital accommodation. She is also a co-founder the Women in Telecom and Technology networking group. Meri graduated with a BSFS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in International Economics and a Masters Degree in European Studies from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.


Hannah Brian
Deputy Chief Executive (Student Engagement), Leeds University Union

Hannah Brian is the Deputy Chief Executive for Student Engagement at Leeds University Union (LUU). Her remit covers LUU’s Help & Support, Academic Engagement, Activities (Clubs & Societies including Sport), Student Programmes and Political Engagement Teams as well as external partnerships and working with the elected student officers. Before joining LUU, Hannah was the Executive Officer at the University of York where she had three key roles: providing advice, information and analysis to the Vice-Chancellor on a variety of internal and external issues, Secretary to the University Executive and leading the Vice-Chancellor’s Department in all finance and HR matters. 

Prior to this role Hannah was Head of Policy at Yorkshire Forward, a regional economic development agency. As Head of Policy she ran the corporate centre of the organisation, leading on stakeholder relationships, public affairs, policy work and key project development. Hannah started out in Westminster as Senior Researcher to a then Labour Treasury Minister, writing speeches, developing campaigns and building relationships across Westminster and Whitehall. 

She has a degree in Politics from Collingwood College at the University of Durham and an MA in British Politics from the University of Leeds. 

Anna Crooks
Events and Activities Officer, Leeds Beckett Student Union

Anna Crooks is the elected Activities and Events student officer at Leeds Beckett Students Union for the second year. Her remit covers event coordination, student activities (societies and volunteering), and Student and Political Engagement.

Anna is passionate about cultivating the best student experience and improving student mental health. Previously, Anna has led various social media campaigns and campaigns on sports and exercise to improve mental health and inclusivity. She has also supported the welfare officer on community campaigns. To tackle student loneliness and isolation, Anna continues to work with the council, the community, and universities across Leeds. She also sits on the LBSU Board of Trustees as an Officer Trustees.
Outside of work, Anna regularly takes on physical challenges for charity and volunteers in conservation parks. 
A recent International Relations and Global Development graduate, and a previous Unipol tenant, Anna is looking forward to being on the Unipol Board. 


Bethany Eaton
Wellbeing Officer, Leeds University Union

Beth Eaton is the elected Wellbeing officer at Leeds University Union (LUU). Her role involves fighting for the student voice in regards to health, happiness and wellbeing. Beth is focused on changing the narrative around mental health and wellbeing. Shifting the tone to discuss mental health in a positive light. Her work looks at expanding the focus on wellbeing beyond mental ill-health,and valuing the benefits of social connection and fun.

Recently graduating with a BSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management, Beth has a strong passion for sustainability. She also loves being outside and going on regular hikes. She enjoys trying new things and seeing new places. After her role as exec officer she is looking to au-pair in Europe.

Beth also sits on the LUU Board of Trustees as an Officer Trustee.

Nicole Jimenez MogrovejoNicole Jimenez Mogrovejo
International and Postgraduate Officer, Leeds University Union

Nicole Jimenez Mogrovejo Is the elected International & Postgraduate officer at Leeds University Union (LUU). Nicole is passionate about advocating for intercultural inclusion, bettering the student experience for Internationals & PGs, and increasing the representation of PGRs, PGTs & Internationals amongst the student body at Leeds. Within her role Nicole chairs the International Advisory Board, works with the University on schemes such as the Welcome Buddy Program, and organises workshops covering relevant topics such as culture shock. She also sits on the LUU Board of Trustees as an Officer Trustee. Nicole is focused on changing the dynamic between home and international students and encouraging a more global community.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys playing Hockey and as an international student herself, exploring the UK! With her most recent adventures taking her to Brighton, London, and the Cotswolds. With a BSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management, Nicole is also passionate about the environment and conservation.
 

 

Jacqui Lawton
Head of Central Services, Leeds Beckett Students' Union

Jacqui Lawton is Head of Central Services at Leeds Beckett Students' Union. Her remit covers LBSUs Finance, HR and Administration functions, as well as supporting elected officers.

Starting out in CRM & Market Research back in 2012 at Huddersfield Students' Union, and working in other areas including Communications and Events before eventually moving into her most recent role, Jacqui has nearly eight years experience in the sector, five of those being in Senior Management.

As a graduate of the University of Leeds with a bachelors degree in Chemistry, Jacqui also has strong ties with Leeds and the knowledge and experience of what it is like to be a student living here.

Jacqui is passionate about digital development and improving the experience for both staff and students at Leeds Beckett through efficient and intelligent systems and processes, making sure the SU keeps up with the digital natives of today.
Outside of work Jacqui is a volunteer Team Leader at Greenbelt Festival, leading a large team to raise funds for the non-profit festival, a keen outdoors person who loves to ski and hike, and has climbed Kilimanjaro, the National 3 Peaks, and regularly takes on physical challenges for charity.

Michael Lees
Co-opted member
Michael is the Head of Customer Service at Nottingham Trent University.

 

 

 

 

Caroline Thomas
Registrar & Secretary at Leeds Beckett University

Caroline is the Registrar & Secretary at Leeds Beckett University, where she has responsibility for governance, regulatory compliance and legal services, as well as student administration and casework. She is also Clerk to the University’s Board of Governors. A Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Caroline joined the University in 2013 from the Higher Education Academy where she had the role of Company Secretary with executive responsibility for corporate governance. Prior to this, she held governance services roles in local government.

Chris Warrington
Head of Student Support, University of Leeds

Chris has worked at the University of Leeds since 1998.

Moving from a role in Quality Assurance in 2008 Chris has worked on a number of institutional projects, including the development of Leeds for Life from its inception, the Leeds Partnership (with Leeds University Union(LUU)) and the development of the Leeds Curriculum.

Chris took on a new role in 2013 to manage academic student opportunity. This included working closely with a range of stakeholders across the University, through strategic development of the academic infrastructure, to enhance student opportunity.  In November 2014 Chris took up the post of Head of Student Support leading the University’s approach to supporting students. As well as this overall responsibility, and working in partnership with LUU, the role includes oversight of the key specialist Disability Service along with the Student Counselling & Wellbeing teams and international student support. Alongside the specialist services the Head of Student Support role includes managing the University’s relationship with Leeds Student Medical Practice (local NHS general practice), and the Chaplaincy. Chris is also an Executive member of the AMOSSHE organisation (which supports student services across the HE sector).

 

 

Officers of Unipol Student Homes

Mr Martin Blakey                              Chief Executive

Ms Nikki Verity                                  Deputy Chief Executive

Ms Christina Rygalska                      Director of Finance

Ms Victoria Tolmie-Loverseed           Assistant Chief Executive - Standards
                                                          and Company Secretary

Ms Rachel Campey                           Assistant Chief Executive - Housing

Ms Nicola Brown                                Assistant Chief Executive - Hub Services

Mr Andrew Livesey                            Assistant Chief Executive - IT and Communciations

All contactable at:

Unipol Student Homes
155/157 Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
LS2 3ED