Exec committee

Branch President: John Hogan

Senior Vice-President and Casework Co-ordinator: Andrew Noble

Andy is the Deputy Branch Chair and Casework Coordinator for the ARU Branch Executive. He is also a Faculty Rep for the Faculty of Business & Law, sits on various University committees and bodies as a representative of the local branch of the union and its members, and is a member of the negotiation team for the JCNG. As a former lawyer, his motivation for being an active member of the union is to try to ensure that the terms and conditions under which members work are fair and reasonable, and their rights and protections as workers are respected. Please get in touch with Andy f you have any concerns or questions about your individual employment position or if you want to suggest ways in which working at ARU can be improved for the benefit of all.  

Branch Secretary: Kerstin Hacker

Kerstin is the Branch Secretary. She is also one of the faculty reps for AHSS, with a particular focus on the Cambridge School of Art. She sits on the Educational Scenario Planning committee as a UCU rep. She is a new member of the Joint Consultative and Negotiating Group (JCNG). Kerstin joined the union when she was still on casual contracts and has been a member ever since. She joined the ARU UCU Branch Executive Committee in 2017. She is particularly interested in representing UCU members who suffer under poor and discriminatory management structures and in enhancing representation of our members’ voices at all levels of the university

Branch Treasurer: Noah (Kofi) Karley

Branch Equality Officers: Sarah Wall and Noah (Kofi) Karley

Anti-casualisation Officers: Meena Singh and Diane Keeble-Ramsay

Vice President (Social Media Coordinator): Felicity Clarke

Felicity Clarke is Social Media Coordinator and a Climate Emergency Rep. She is also part of the branch negotiating team. Sustainability and staff welfare are the core issues Felicity focuses her energy on. She sits on several committees on behalf of ARU UCU, including the Health & Wellbeing Steering Group, FSE Athena Swan, and Covid-19 Response Group. Felicity is also a professional staff rep on the Board of Governors, and a part-time PhD Researcher. As part of her role as a Workplace Health Champion she has undertaken Mental Health First Aid training, she is happy to be contacted by any members around their wellbeing, or to take comments and suggestions on issues affecting wider staff wellbeing. 

Vice President (Chelmsford Campus): Jade Moore

Jade is a Health and Safety officer and one of the Faculty Reps within AHSS. She has a passion for supporting both staff and students to wok in a safe environment, body and mind. Jade is also very passionate about inclusivity and ensuring a level playing field regardless of background so we can help everyone reach their full potential in education and beyond.

Vice President (Cambridge Campus): Jane Aspell

Jane has been a member of the ARU Branch Executive for 9 years. She has served in several roles, including Branch Secretary, Membership Secretary, Equality Officer and as a member of the negotiating team. She is currently the representative for the Cambridge Campus, a faculty rep for FSE, and a Health and Safety Officer. She is also an experienced caseworker. Jane has contributed to several university and faculty committees and id particularly focussed on health and safety at work and promoting staff research. Please get in touch with her if you have any concerns about these or any other workplace issues.

Vice President (London ARU): Andreja Zivkovic

Pensions Officer: David Skinner

Climate Emergency Officer: Lizzie Ludlow

Lizzie joined the UCU exec as a Climate Emergency Rep in March 2021. She has been a member of ARU’s UCU branch since she joined the university in 2014. She is looking forward to getting more involved with UCU and pushing for a more consistent response to the climate crises. Lizzie is happy to be contacted by members on matters including sustainability and green issues. 

Climate Emergency Officer: Victoria Tait

Victoria is a Climate Emergency Rep and also updates and manages the website. Victoria has been on the Branch Exec since 2019, principally supporting our climate emergency work. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss anything related to sustainability and the climate emergency, or to find out more about the work the Branch does. 

Health and Safety Officers: Jane Aspell, James Butler

Assistant Branch Secretary (Memberships): Parveen Afzaal

Parveen sits on the ARU UCU Branch Executive as Assistant Branch Secretary (Memberships). She is also part of the branch negotiating team – collectively bargaining for better, safer and healthier working practices. Join our UCU ARU Branch and have your voice heard. We are stronger together.