The Staff team at York St John Students’ Union are here to support the Sabbatical Officers and other elected representatives in delivering the Strategic Plan of the Students’ Union and continually enhancing the student experience at York St John University. Whatever your enquiry might be, the likelihood is that there is a member of the Students’ Union staff team that will be able to help, and if not then we’ll know where you can find the help you need. All the Students’ Union staff live and work to the Students’ Union values. The staff team are all times INCLUSIVE and ensure what they are doing does not offend or isolate anyone; they are always REPRESENTATIVE of the best interests of the members of the Students’ Union and are ENGAGING with the members to make sure we are in touch with them to ensure we can be SUPPORTIVE throughout their journey at University; finally, the staff team are always having FUN because that means you’ll be enjoying working for the Students’ Union! To view which staff are in the building then click here.

Operations & Events

David Tait Operation & Events

I’m here to ensure the smooth operation of the Bar / Security and Events team, I also oversee any and all Operational issues the Students' Union needs. My job entails making sure we are stocking products in line with what students want as well as making sure we’re charging the right prices. I’m responsible for recruiting the majority of the Students’ Union Part-Time Staff and making sure we have the right staff to look after you.

Matthew Allton Design & Communications Co-ordinator

My role is split between all areas of communications within the SU, whether that is us communicating with the student body, facilitating the student voice or working with external companies. Utilising Social Media, our Website, Graphic Design and other media tools, I do all I can to ensure that we are clear and easily approachable Union.

Harriet Stainton Marketing and Events Coordinator

My role is brand new to the SU this year to help organise, coordinate and run all events at the SU. If you or your society are planning an event, from birthday parties to fundraisers, a gig to an end of year event; it is my job to make sure you have everything you need. Get in touch with your ideas and I can help make them happen!

Aidan Laycock Digital Development Coordinator

As Digital Development Coordinator, I oversee all of the digital systems within the Students' Union from the website to our Management system. So if you see an error on the site, then feel free to send it over!

Student Activities

Alice Bolton Sports & Society Graduate Intern

As the Sports and Societies Graduate Intern I am responsible for providing administrative support to Sports Clubs and Society Groups. The majority of my time is spent working with Sport Club and Society Group committees to ensure they have the facilities and resources they need to deliver their activities to their members. I am also responsible for the duties and tasks behind hosting and participating in BUCS as well as Community and National Sport Leagues. Students should contact me if they have any questions regarding BUCS, wish to compete in BUCS (team or individual) or if they are having trouble getting in touch with existing Sport Clubs or Society Groups.

Matthew Walton Sports & Activities Manager

As the Sports and Activities Manager I am required to lead, manage and develop the delivery of new and on-going sport, activity and events with the aim of widening participation, increasing performance and accumulating engagement of the student membership. Student’s or Staff may wish to contact me regarding the Sport and Activity Strategy while any other Sport and Activity related issues would be reported to me or any of the Sports and Activities staff within the Student’s Union.

Karl Swales Sports Coordinator

My role focuses on providing high level coordination and development support to YSJSU Sports Clubs and Society Groups. I am also responsible for and oversee the sport participation programme. Students should contact me if they are interested in starting a new Sport Club or Society Group, if they have any questions regarding existing Sport Clubs or Society Groups and if they would like more information about the participation sport offer.

Membership Engagement

Paul Murtough Democracy and Representation Co-Ordinator

I am the organiser of the Course Rep system, taking charge of training, organisation of zones and accreditation. I also lead the democratic processes within the students’ union, such as Senate and the annual elections. You should contact me if you require any information about Reps. You can also contact me regarding appeals/complaints and any questions regarding the annual elections process.

Louise Aiken Membership Engagement

Please contact me if you any questions regarding our democracy and what being a member of the Students’ Union means to you. I would love to hear from you if you want to make a change, start a campaign or get involved in any of the varied activities we offer.

Central Services

David Green Finance Manager

As finance manager I am responsible for the financial reporting of the Students' Union and to ensure compliance with the law and the Students' Union's policy. The finance department is the custodian of all clubs and societieis funding and any cash depoisits or withdrawls can be performed via the finance department. You can also request financial information on your Sport or Society.

Chris Bateman CEO

I provide continuity in the management of the Students’ Union’s commercial, physical, financial and human resources in accordance with Students’ Union policy. I provide advice and support to elected officers on all aspects of the Students’ Union but particularly in relation to statutory, constitutional or contractual constraints on their powers of office, and on decisions which are likely to have long term implications beyond their term of office. I have overall responsibility for developing high level strategies, and leading and inspiring a permanent staff team of 15 people, three full time elected student officers, and a student staff team of over 50 casual staff. Through the development of departmental annual operating plans I ensure that all individuals are focused on the delivery of the Students’ Union strategic plan.