Hi - I'm Chippy!
As Union President, I'm the leader of the Imperial student body, figurehead of Imperial College Union, and the student voice at College's highest levels of decision making. I lead a team of five Officer Trustees and through them, the 3,000+ volunteers that make up Imperial College Union. It's a massive job but a rewarding one - how many graduate schemes would put you in charge of a social enterprise with a £9m turnover within ten years, let alone on your first day?
I'm responsible for ensuring that the Officer Trustees, Union staff and our volunteers are working towards Our Strategy 2017-20 - especially our commitments to building stronger student communities (such as Constituent Unions and campuses other than South Kensington) and changing the culture of College to improve student wellbeing.
I work for you and I want every Imperial student to know about my role and the work I do - so that I can be as effective as possible.
Every Officer Trustee sets several goals at the start of each year - goals they will work towards individually, and ones they will work on achieving collectively. Here are my priorities for this year. You can get full details of the goal - and the progress I have made towards it so far - on my Officer Trustee Goals page.
You can also read my original Manifesto for when I ran for Union President here.
Everything Imperial College Union does is guided by Our Strategy 2017-20, launched in January 2017 after extensive consultation with our members and volunteers. Our Strategy sets out how we will transform the Imperial experience. For me as Union President, Our Strategy gives me high-level aims such as changing the culture of College, maintaining our position as Britain's strongest student democracy, and preserving the best of the traditions that make Imperial what it is.
I do my best to keep the Union's values in mind when I'm working - especially Democracy, as I think that our members should be at the heart of everything we do.
Great! I think being Union President is one of the best experiences I've ever had and I'm always happy to talk to anyone who's considering putting themselves forward. You can contact me via email and Twitter, and there will be opportunities to meet the Officer Trustees and learn more about what we do throughout the Leadership Elections 2018.
Do you want to know more about Imperial College Union, the work I do to lobby College and speak up for students, or get involved in my work to support our volunteers and student groups? Then come find me!
If you're a student at Imperial College London, I'm here to work for you. You can get in touch with me in lots of ways - in person at an Imperial College Union event such as Union Council, by email, by Twitter or through the Imperial College Union Facebook page. You can also come to the Union Reception on the second floor of the Union Building, although I can't guarantee that I will be available at short notice - but Reception will do their best to arrange a time to see me.