Executive Committee

The Student Publication Association is run by a team of five Executive Committee members, elected annually at the SPA’s National Conference.

The Executive Committee is in charge of the day-to-day direction of the SPA and are the individuals most responsible for delivering the Association’s varied initiatives and programmes.

The other teams that comprise the SPA are our Trustee BoardRegional Officers, and Project Officers.

Our 2022/23 Executive Committee is comprised of the following individuals. Previous officer teams can be found here.


 Chair – Marino Unger-Verna


Marino Unger-Verna is the SPA’s Chair, and was formerly the Communications Officer.

He has just finished a degree at King’s College London, where he was Editor-in-Chief of Roar News, and has written for numerous other publications, including Teen Vogue, the Gryphon, and the Boston Political Review.

Marino also works as a freelance German/English translator with work in museum exhibits in Berlin, Germany, and spends his free time volunteering for St John Ambulance.

Marino can be found on Twitter here.



Training & Opportunities Officer – Tabitha Lambie


Tabitha is the SPA’s Training & Opportunities officer and the former Editor-in-Chief of SCAN: Student Comment and News.

They are in their third year at Lancaster University and work as an editorial assistant at Barcadia Media.

Tabitha can be found on Twitter here.




Communications Officer – Ben Warner


Ben Warner is a former SPA Chair, and has returned for a second term as the SPA’s Communications Officer.

He is a previous editor of Forge Press and a graduate of Sheffield University, where he studied journalism.

Ben also works as an operations supervisor at FairShare Greater Manchester.

Ben can be found on Twitter here.



Sponsorship Officer – Vacant



Conference & Events Officer – Matt Ward-Perkins


Matt is the SPA’s Conference & Events Officer, following his graduation from the University of York where he was the editor of York Vision and head of sport at York Student Television.

Outside of the SPA he works as news programming intern at CNBC and also serves at the events officer for the Student Radio Association.

Matt can be found on Twitter here.