Committee

The Committee runs the Association and is the highest level of governance mandated by the Constitution (Clause 6.) It comprises of the Executive Officers , any co-opted officers and all honorary officers.

The Executive Committee are elected annually and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Association. They meet several times a term privately.

The Committee meets once a year at the Annual General Meeting and at any other times as required by the President. Full Committee meetings are open to all members. These often proceed events or socials and are a good way for members to hold officers to account and to find out about future plans for the Association.

The current Executive Committee was elected on Tuesday 21st May 2017.

Executive Officers

President - Eliot Smith | president@ruconservative.com

The President is responsible for the overall management of the Association, they chair committee meetings and other events as well as being the main face of the society both on campus and off.

Eliot is a third year Computer Science student and has previously served as Treasurer of the Association (2016-2017). He is a keen campaigner for the party and feels right at home on the doorstep canvassing residents. Eliot is an elected Student Trustee, sitting on the board of the Students' Union, proving that it is possible for a Conservative to be elected on campus! You won't find him too far from a Gin & Tonic and lists subterfuge as a favourite pastime.

"For Queen and Country."

Vice President - Beth Vincent

The Vice President assists the President in their duties and acts as a deputy when the President cannot attend an event or meeting. In addition to this, the Vice President is also responsible to the day-to-day running of the Association's social media accounts.

Beth is a second year International Development student. Beth first got interested in politics when she was younger and didn't understand all of the jokes in Mock the Week. She has been a conservative ever since.

"I'm a Conservative because I don't believe in something for nothing."

Secretary - Henry Darby | secretary@ruconservative.com

The Secretary is responsible for managing all internal and external communications for the society in addition to maintaining the membership list and minutes of all meetings.

Henry is a third year Real Estate student and is now serving his second term as Secretary (2016 - present.) In his spare time Henry enjoys sailing and technical theatre. As a child growing up on a farm, he enjoyed running though fields of wheat, much like Theresa May.

"I believe in the importance of rewarding hard work, and that is fundamentally why I am a Conservative."

Treasurer - Becca Smedley

The Treasurer manages all of the society finances, including any membership payments and outgoings for events.

Becca is a second year studying French and International Relations. Alongside being Treasurer for RUCA this year, Becca is also LGBT officer for the students union (RUSU).

Political and Campaigning Officer - Cllr Martin Deakin

The Political and Campaigning Officer (often referred to as 'Political Officer') is charged with organising all political debate events and also all campaigning sessions on and off campus. Their primary aim is to ensure that members have the chance to express their views and that conservatism is represented on campus.

Martin is a third year Politics and International Relations student and in his spare time serves as an elected Borough Councillor on Cheshire East Council. Having been involved in politics from a young age (just after the 2010 election), he feels it is important for students to be active and his job ensures that its members are in the association are just that!

"The secret of success is constancy to purpose" - Benjamin Disraeli

Welfare Officer - Philippa Harris

The Welfare Officer is a new addition to the Association's Executive. They are responsible for making sure that all events are safe and ensuring the well-being of all Association members.

Philippa is a third year Real Estate student, with an interest in rural land management. She enjoys the simple things in life such as labradors, Midsomer Murders and Jacob Rees-Mogg memes. May her term in office be as smooth as Boris Johnson on a zip wire.

"Being a Conservative is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, you aren't"