Last week saw us wave goodbye to our Chief Executive, Jaki Booth. Jaki has run the organisation since 2009, totalling almost five years of hard work with SUSU. In that time, we have seen SUSU welcome several novel and engaging projects that really set our union apart from others in the country. SUSU has also continued to grow and develop into the vibrant student-focused, and peer supportive organisation that it is today. This has led to us being awarded silver after an ‘Investors in People’ assessment, a high achievement indeed!

This is what Jaki had to say about her time with SUSU, and leaving the organisation:

“It has been my absolute privilege to work with the best officers in the land, supported by the most dedicated and talented staff. The partnership between staff, students and the university makes life here so positive for everyone. Everything SUSU does makes me feel proud to have been a part of it. I will miss you all and look forward to keeping an eye on everything you achieve in the future.”

Jaki certainly leaves behind her, big shoes to fill. Running an organisation with over 400 staff, and a £7m turnover is not an easy task, especially with the wellbeing of 23,000 students to oversee. We are sure that our next Chief Executive will rise to the challenge, and look forward to welcoming them into the SUSU family once the candidate has been selected.

Head of Membership and Engagement, Nickola Moore will be filling the role in the Interim.

Words: Leodora Darlington

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