The Student Publication Association Trustee Board is a team of journalism industry professionals who offer advice and support to the Executive Committee in running the SPA.
Four Trustees are elected at the Association’s AGM during the annual National Conference, while three are appointed by the Board.
Two members of the Executive Committee also sit ex officio on the Board. For 2021/22, these are Chay Quinn (Chair) and Shannon McDonagh (Sponsorship Officer). Their details can be found on our Executive Committee page.
Our current Trustee Board is made up of the following individuals:
Trustees hold no legal responsibilities for the Association or its finances. The Board hold no voting rights at SPA meetings or AGM.
Jem is a former Chair of the SPA and has served as a Trustee since 2016.
She is the director and founder of Journo Resources, a non-profit which helps to diversify the media industry.
Jem is passionate about helping young journalists and is keen to help the organisation develop new resources and research
You can find Jem on Twitter.
Geri has served as a Trustee since 2018.
She is a Political Reporter for The Times. Previously she was Political Correspondent for PA Media and Westminster Correspondent for The Yorkshire Post, and before that worked as a journalist at the Eastern Daily Press.
Geri is a former Editor-in-Chief at Concrete, the University of East Anglia’s student newspaper.
You can find Geri on Twitter.
Juliet has served as a Trustee since 2020.
She is an award-winning freelance journalist, and has worked for outlets including The Guardian, The Times and BBC Radio.
Juliet is also a former student newspaper editor, having worked on News for what is now Varsity, at the University of Cambridge.
You can find Juliet on Twitter.
Richard has served as a Trustee since 2020.
He works in communications for Portland, and was a co-founder of the For our Futures’ Sake campaign.
Richard is also a former Vice-President for Union Development with the National Union of Students, and was a regular contributor to Hullfire during his time at university.
You can find Richard on Twitter.