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Published: 7th November 2018, 10:35am

In the summer period Chris Bateman, our current Chief Executive Officer decided it was time to leave YSJSU and move onto pastures new. Chris has worked for YSJSU for over 8 years now, has seen several different Presidents and worked with countless staff members from senior managers to interns. He has successfully grown the Union from an old building with a conservatory to where we are now, leading on projects that has shaped the Union to where it is today. We owe a lot to Chris and his leadership, but in this time, we also must think about the future of the Union; where do we want YSJSU to be in the next year, 5 years and even 10 years? These are the questions that were at the forefront of our recruitment plan and I am happy to say after a number of weeks we have successfully appointed a new CEO.
Donna Smith has been the CEO of St Mary’s Students’ Union for the past 6 years and, much like Chris, built her Union from the ground up. Successfully re-shaping the staff and student network to ensure the students at St Mary’s understood the benefit of engaging in their SU is a hard task; changing culture isn’t easy, but Donna is leaving St Mary’s a completely different Union than where it started. Not only is Donna well equipped to take our Union onto the next adventure, but she also has a clear understanding of what we value here at YSJ. Donna was a student here at YSJ before successfully being elected as President of Education and Welfare in 2006 for two terms, meaning she knows the community and student facing drive that sits are the forefront of everything we do here at YSJ.
Whilst we say goodbye to Chris we are very excited to see where Donna takes our Union. Donna will be starting with us at the very end January, right at the start of the 2nd semester. Within the interim period Chris will be staying on as acting CEO for a limited amount of time until the end of the 1stsemester. We hope you can join us on this journey and if you have any further questions for the appointment of Donna or the process in general please either contact me via email ([email protected]) or you can come and ask us questions at our Annual General Meeting that is taking place on Thursday the 6th of December at 17:00 in DG/017.
It’s going to be a great start to 2019.
Much love guys;
As always, your Pres,
G x 

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