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 2021/22 Executive Committee is comprised of the following individuals. Previous officer teams can be found here.


Interim Chair – Ruby Punt


Ruby is a SOAS MA candidate and the SPA’s Conference and Events Officer.

During her undergraduate studies, she was Head Writer for CUB Magazine, and, after a successful year, was elected co-Editor-in-Chief. 

From June 2019 to January 2020, she ran a travel column for Feather Pen.

Ruby can be found on Twitter here.



Training & Opportunities Officer – Bethany Dawson


Bethany is the Editor in Chief of Incite, final year politics and sociology student and a freelance journalist.

She has work in the BBC, The Independent, The Times, VICE, Refinery29, Private Eye and more. She was highly commended in the SPA’s Best Reporter in 2020.

Bethany can be found on Twitter here.



Communications Officer – Marino Unger-Verna


Marino Unger-Verna is the SPA’s Communications Officer. A final-year at King’s College London, he is 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.



Sponsorship Officer – Shannon McDonagh


Shannon is a journalist currently working for EuroNews.

Shannon has previous done work for the Indy100 and Era Magazine.

Shannon can be found on Twitter here.