The Cambridge Union Society is an organisation that was founded and is headed by students. Each term is planned and carried out by a mixture of elected and appointed officers, with support from the organisation's staff and trustees.
The President serves as the Chairman of the Standing Committee, debates and Members' Business Meetings. He or she is responsible for organising a programme of debates and overseeing the planning of other events during his or her term in office. He or she is also the head of the Society and overall responsibility lies with him or her.
The Vice-President is appointed by Standing Committee at the end of Michaelmas, and is responsible for the long-term direction of the Society. They rank as second-in-command behind the President, and facilitate the work of the termly Presidents, including assisting the handover between termly Officers, and inviting high-profile speakers well in advance. The Vice-President also works heavily with the Bursar as well as the student Officers.
- Executive Officer
The Executive Officer is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Standing Committee and fulfils a general facilitation role between other Committee members. The Executive Officer chairs the President's Committee of College Representatives, and can be designated roles or assigned specific responsibilities according to the needs of each particular term.
- Speakers Officer
The Speakers Officer is responsible for organising the programme of individual guest speaker meetings for his or her term in office.
The Treasurer is responsible for raising sponsorship funds for his or her term in office, obtaining local business discounts for members and directing the Society's merchandising operations. (The responsibility for managing the Society's finances lies with the Bursar and the Accounts Manager).
- Social Events Officer
The Social Events Officer is responsible for organising a programme of social events for their term including balls, parties, food and drink tastings, garden parties and musical events.
- Debating Officers
The Debating Officers are two positions appointed by Standing Committee at the end of Lent Term. They are in charge of the debating side of the Union, co-ordinating the entry and selection of teams to debating competitions, as well as training members in debating. They also take a leading role in running the Schools' Debating Competition every year. These Officers have significant experience in university competitive debating and specific organisational experience in competitive debating prior to their appointment.
In order to give our officers enough time to plan their term, all of the termly officerships are elected a term in advance and serve for a term as officers-elect. This enables them to become familiar with their role, work with their immediate predecessor and to plan effectively for their own time in office. The President-elect, flanked by two officers-elect, presides over the emergency debates that precede main debates.
- Executive Officer-Elect
- Speakers Officer-Elect
- Social Events Officer-Elect
The Secretary is responsible for minuting all debates, emergency debates, Standing Committee, Open and General Meetings. They also write the weekly emails.
- Head of Events Management
The HoEM is in charge of running the Society's events, by managing and encouraging stewards to work on events. The HoEM is a permanent invitee of Standing Committee, where they advise on the logistics of event running.
- Deputy Head of Events Management
Gonville and Caius
The Deputy HoEM assists the HOEM with running the Society's events, by managing and encouraging stewards to work on events.
- Head of Online Publicity
The Head of Online Publicity, working alongside the Head of Campus Publicity, is responsible for all online publicity (with the exception of the weekly email) managing our presence on Facebook and Twitter and disseminating online publicity through things like email lists. They are also responsible for paper publicity, working with the Head of Design to create the posters for the term, and then ensuring posters and termcards reach colleges and faculties.
- Deputy Head of Online Publicity
- Head of Campus Publicity
The Head of Campus Publicity, working alongside the Head of Online Publicity, is responsible for all campus-based publicity, including posters, termcard distribution, and managing the presence of the Union around Cambridge, in all colleges, and in Anglia Ruskin.
- Head of Press
The Head of Press is in charge of the Society's presentation to student, local and national press. The Head of Press works directly with the President to co-ordinate our approach to the media.
- Senior Guest Liaison
James Apthorp (Debates)
Harry Peto (Speaker Events)
The Senior Guest Liaison Officers are responsible for looking after guests for debates and speaker meetings, accompanying our high-profile speakers to and from the Society, dining with them, and generally ensuring they have a good time. They are managed by a Senior GLA, who is also appointed by Standing Committee.
- Heads of Recruitment
This is an annual role appointed at the end of Michaelmas; the Head of Recruitment is responsible for co-ordinating our outreach and recruitment efforts. This runs annually but the obvious and main focus is Fresher's Week. The Head of Recruitment may manage their own budget and work closely with the Vice-President and other Officers, as well as the Bursar, to perform their duties.
- Deputy Head of Recruitment
Gonville and Caius
The Deputy Head of Recruitment supports the Heads of Recruitment to co-ordinate our outreach and recruitment efforts.
- Head of Audio-Visual
The HoAV is in charge of recording the Society's events, by managing and encouraging stewards to work on events.
- Deputy Head of Audio-Visual
The Deputy HoAV supports the HoAV to co-ordinate the recording of events.
- Diversity Officer
The Diversity Officer is in charge of CUS Diversity initiatives.
- Women’s Officer
The Women’s Officer works to monitor and improve the gender balance reflected in attendance of Union events and in the speakers who are invited.
- Access Officer
The Access Officer is in charge of CUS Access initiatives, including school and public visits, and works with the Debating Officers to incorporate access into the Debating programme.
- Chief Photographer
The Chief Photographer appoints and runs a team of photographers, managing the photography at Union events. He or she will also manage Press Agency inquiries regarding photographs, and ensure that all photographs are properly archived and stored at the Union.
Members of the Supplementary Committee assist the officers with their duties. Currently, six positions are elected each term. As its members help officers as well as officers-elect to perform their duties, those elected to the Supplementary Committee serve for only the term immediately succeeding their election, without an additional term's preparation.
Róisín Hannon, Trinity
Alex Duncan, Sidney Sussex
Simrun Basuita, Pembroke
Fortunate Frizell, Wolfson
Oliver Mosley, St John’s
Eylon Aslan-Levy, Girton
- Dr. Peter Abbott (ex-officio President, Michaelmas 2000) (Chair)
- Sam Block (ex-officio Director of Debating, 2007-2008)
- Joshua Blanchard-Lewis (ex-officio Secretary & Vice-President, 2008-2009)
- Julien Domercq (ex-officio President, Michaelmas 2009)
- Jan-Jonathan Bock (ex-officio Senior Committee Member, Michaelmas 2009)
- Rahul Mansigani (ex-officio Treasurer, Easter 2010)
- Albert Beardow (ex-officio Speakers Officer, Easter 2011)
Board of Trustees
- Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE (Chairman)
- Dr Nigel Brown OBE
- Mr Andy Swarbrick FCA
- Dr Nigel Yandell
- Mr Nick Heath FRICS
- The Hon Daniel Janner QC
- Janet Turner QC
- Joanna Mobed, President, Michaelmas 2013
- Colonel William Bailey, Bursar
- Dr David Sellick, Accountant
- Michelle Casperz, Office Supervisor
- Patrick Hanwell, Site Supervisor
- James Aldridge FBII, Bar and Events Manager
- Joseph Burman, Events Administrator