Student Trustees

Sammi Storey Students' Union President
John-Paul Dickie VP Academic Affairs
Tasnim Hassan VP Welfare and Community
- VP International
- VP Activities
Thomas Mitchell Postgraduate  Trustee
Beverley Purdy Mature Student Trustee
Erin Cook Undergraduate Student Trustee
Hester Davies Inter-professional Student Trustee


External Trustees

Jenny Lowthrop

Jenny has been involved in volunteering from an early age and student volunteering has featured largely in her career both as a Trustee/volunteer herself and in her professional roles.

Her career started at Volunteering England, as senior volunteering Development Officer, co-ordinating the Student Volunteers Network and leading the organisation’s first student volunteering conference and Student Volunteering Week. She then moved to Teach First as their Strategy and Events Officer, leading on their coaching and fellows programme. From here she moved to London School of Economics as Volunteer Co-ordinator, managing all aspects of the LSE Volunteer Centre and developing a range of volunteering projects for students.

After 2 years at LSE she moved to Isledon Arts as Business Development Manager, where she developed a new volunteering service in Islington for residents and charitable organisations, promoting a range of volunteering opportunities. She also managed all the social media for the youth hubs and this volunteering service.

Running alongside her paid roles has been an active series of Trustee and Chair roles including, among others, Chair at the Young Achievers Trust, managing a board of 11 young Trustees and setting the strategic direction and future funding of the organisation.

Jenny has a connection to Lincoln through her family and has seen the university go from strength to strength. She feels a strong connection to the place and would like to offer her experience to enable student volunteering at Lincoln Students’ Union to go from strength to strength. She feels that there are potentially more opportunities for volunteering at Lincoln SU, as well as more possibilities in relation to international volunteering.

Roger Buttery

Roger has worked in both the public and private sectors for almost 50 years. He has held a number of senior positions, including Managing Director of  Capita Hartshead Limited, Treasurer & Clerk to the Lincolnshire Police Authority and Deputy County Treasurer of Lincolnshire.

He was also a member of the Governing Body of the University of Lincoln, including three years as Deputy Chair. Roger also held a number of Non-Executive Director positions including the former NHS Lincolnshire, where he was also Chair of the Audit Committee for six and a half years, Acis Group Limited, including 3 years as Chair, and Chair of IPF Limited.

He is currently part time Managing Director and Independent Trustee of Hadrian Trustees Limited, the Trustee to the Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme. Roger is Independent Chairman of the Trustees of the Johnson Matthey Employees’ Pension Scheme and the TransLinc Pension Scheme. He also serves as an Independent Trustee of the Center Parcs Senior Staff Pension Scheme.

Roger is a qualified accountant and is a previous President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, and former member of the Financial Reporting Council and Financial Reporting Review Panel. 

Sue Rigby
Vice Chancellor's Interim Cover

Sue is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Lincoln. She is a palaeontologist by background, and did her PhD on Graptoloid Ecology at the University of Cambridge.

Following time lecturing at the University of Leicester and Edinburgh Sue spent time as Head of the Grant Institute, Assistant Principal and then Vice Principal for Learning and Teaching at the University of Edinburgh. 

She is Chair of the HEFCE Learning Gain project and a member of the Scottish Funding Council QA review group. She spent six years on the Higher Education Informaion Steering Group and was the academic lead on that Committee's work on Taught Postgraduate Information Needs. 

Internationally, she has contributed to the development of reward and recognition processes for staff in learning and teaching through the U21 network, and developed the first MOOC to be shared by students in the U21 Universitites. Sue is interested in innovation in learning and teaching and has set up a variety of large-scale and multi-University projects, including the THES prize-winning 'Making the Most of Matters'. She is an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh and works in their Institute of Academic Development. 

Vic Langer
Governance, Democracy & Campaigns

The first part of Victoria’s career was in the Student Movement in a range of different roles at NUS. In her final role as Deputy Director Policy and Delivery, she was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for strategic planning and development across the NUS Group.

After 7 successful years at NUS, Victoria joined Save the Children as Head of Campaigns, where she has been leading on the development of the Child Survival Advocacy and Campaign Strategy. 

Vic said her involvement in the student movement ‘changed her life’ and enabled her to realise a range of opportunities which otherwise wouldn’t have been open to her. For this reason she is really passionate about the student movement, with this role addressing many of her strengths. She said that the fact that Lincoln SU has gone through a period of change, and continues to grow and develop, is something that is also interesting.

Victoria has a good understanding of Student’s Unions, having supported a range of SUs in her roles at NUS. She understands what good governance, democracy and campaigning looks like and has developed effective governance models to ensure a clear member- and campaigning-focus. 

Vanessa Wilson
Participation / Sports

Vanessa spent the first part of her career in government as a speech writer, with emphasis on education and employment policy. She became Head of the Speeches, Briefing and Customer Contact Unit in 2003 and also provided regular briefings for Prime Minister’s Questions. She then moved on to a variety of senior communications roles in government departments.

In 2011 Vanessa moved to UK Sport as Director of Commercial and Communications, where she works on commercial and communication priorities for UK Sport. Her key achievements have included successfully lobbying against the proposed merger with Sport England and raising the profile of UK Sport.

Vanessa is also a Non-Executive Director on the National Lottery Promotions Board Unit. Here her role scrutinises funding bids to ensure funding goes to good causes and meets their strategic priorities.

Vanessa was delighted to be approached for this role and feels she could bring a great deal of experience to support Lincoln SU’s next stage of development. She is attracted to Lincoln SU’s and the university’s ambitions and feels there is huge potential. Her recent experience in UK Sport, coupled with her campaigning, marketing and communications experience in a political environment enables her to make a strong contribution and is highly motivated to do so.


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