Details of Directors


Officers of the Board

Mike Wilkinson
Co-opted Director

 Mike Wilkinson is an Independent Director, Chair and Deputy Chair Partnerships of the Board. He chairs the Nottingham Group. Until 2001 Mike was University Secretary of Leeds Beckett University and he is a former Independent Assessor to the Student Loans Company and former Company Secretary of the Higher Education Academy. He is now a consultant. From 2002/2010 he chaired the Standards Committee of Leeds City Council and currently chairs the Standards Committee of the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority. He is a Justice of the Peace, supplemental list.



Deputy Chair Portfolio
Mr 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
Mr 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.



Ms 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 Inter

national Studies.


Ms 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. 


Miss Jess Carrier
Vice President Welfare and Community Leeds Beckett Students' Union

I am in my first year of office as Vice President Welfare and Community. I graduated in July 2018 with a degree in politics, and during my studies I was an active volunteer with the Students' Union, leading on the glass recycling project 'Refloat' around the Headingley and Hyde Park area, and creating the campaign 'Recycle-In' to make recycling more accessible  to students. My main objectives for the year are creating a drug harm reduction campaign, improving access to sexual health care on campus, and setting up a tenants union.

Mr David Collett
Head of Campus and Residential Services, Leeds Beckett University

 For the past seven years I have worked for Leeds Beckett University as Head of Campus and Residential Services. In this role I have strategic responsibilities for a series of services which include, Residential Accommodation, Security, Portering and Cleaning, Food Services, Mail Services, Business Development and Conferencing, and Merchandise.

Prior to my current role I have held Senior General Manager positions with Jarvis Hotels, Stakis and Hilton Hotels including running my own Restaurant and Brassiere business.




Ms Rachael Elliott Minnov
Co-opted Director

After secondary school and higher education, a career in higher education beckoned : I’m a lifer ! Universities are fascinating, ever changing places, with the energy bursts that each new set of students brings.

Working life started for me on a junior management programme at University College London. I moved to International Students House where I was immersed in student development activities, events organisation and innovation. In 2002, I was recruited at Brunel University for their start-up business unit, Brunel International. Working cheek-by-jowl alongside some of the brightest and best brains was rewarding in my role as Head of Residential Life at LSE. I’ve always been fascinated by the process and people side of creativity & innovation and this informed my recent studies at Cass Business School, especially business models for innovation.  To give back and enhance my skills set and management experience, I've taken voluntary roles, which have included Trustee, and Governor roles for a Higher Education sector body for international students, and for a Students' Union, as well as a secondary school Governor role.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel overseas and see how European, US, Chinese and South Korean places of learning are. For fun I like to cook, read and travel, and enjoy art, architecture and design.

Mr Charlie Hind
Vice President Education, Leeds Beckett Students' Union

As Vice President Education, I am responsible for all areas relating to the educational experience of students at Leeds Beckett University and this is my first year in office. I am two years into my undergraduate degree in Politics (BAH) and have been an active member of the Students' Union since my first year when I became Chair of Student Council. My main objectives this year are working around hidden course costs, raising awareness of employment rights for students who work alongside their degrees, and tackling the BAME Attainment Gap.




Mr Michael Lees

Co-opted member






Mr Tom Oladipo
Community Officer Leeds University Union

I am currently the Community officer at Leeds University Union, taking a sabbatical year before I complete my integrated masters and PhD degree in Bioenergy.

My main objectives of the year are to increase plastics recycling and reuse along with ensuring students have access to a quality, safe and affordable accommodation, while they are studying at our University.







Mr Matt Port
Welfare Officer, Leeds University Union

I am currently the Welfare Officer at Leeds University Union, taking a sabbatical year before I complete my undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature. My main objectives of the year are to focus on student mental wellbeing, along with ensuring students have a safe, affordable, and happy time while they are studying at our University.


Ms Priscilla Preston
Director of Services for Student, Leeds Beckett University

Priscilla has worked in Higher Education for 18 years, having previously led professional services in institutions with a strong widening participation tradition: the University of Bradford for 3 years; and York St John University for 12 years.  At both former institutions Priscilla led the strategic development of integrated Student Centres, featuring strong partnerships with Students’ Unions, Holgate Student Centre at York St John University in2005 and Student Central at the University of Bradford in 2012.

Previous to the world of Higher Education she has worked for the Ministry of Defence, central government, in the private sector and is an ex-Director of York Credit Union.  However, it is her own personal transformative journey as a mature student entering Higher Education aged 27 that provided the bedrock for her whole hearted commitment to: developing excellence within service provision; a focus upon all students, not just being enabled but empowered to succeed; addressing inequality; and developing teams with a holistic approach to student development and learning.


Mr Martin Rushworth
Finance Manager, Leeds Beckett Students' Union

In addition to being Finance Manager at Leeds Beckett University Students' Union I am a sole practitioner and accountant and tax adviser.

I started out as a trainee accountant with local Leeds Independent firm Brown Butler and Co performing accountancy, audit and tax assignments for mainly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).  I moved to KPMG and gained large firm experience specialising in corporate and mixed tax for plcs and large private companies.  After a few years I moved back to self employment concentrating on business tax and business advice for SMEs and private clients.  My interests are music, I have played drums for a living , travel, reading and sport.


Mr Robert Sladdin
Consultant, University of Leeds

Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Until retiring in 2010 he was Director of Estates at the University of Leeds where he spent the major part of his professional career.  He now works as a Consultant. Robert is currently Chairman of Leeds Innovation Centre and a Co-opted Director of Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association ( Chair from 2011-2014).  He has also served on the Board of Leeds City College, the College of Music and Leeds Trinity University






Mr 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