Role of External Trustees

The University of Surrey Students' Union is a charitable organisation and is governed by a Board of Trustees.  The role of the trustees is to provide guidance on major issues.  Our Trustee Board consists of five full time student officers, one part time officer,  one University Trustee and four external Trustees.  External Trustees are appointed by our Appointments Committee.  The Board is supported by the senior management team in the Students' Union.  It is the role of the Board of Trustees to ensure there is prudent and proper administration of the organisation both legally and financially.  Our external trustees serve a term of office of up to 4 years initially, which can be extended for up to a further 4 years.   They can serve a maximum of 2 terms of office.  




Hash Alsaidi

External Trustee Portfolio: Legal/new SU building/Deputy Chair


Skills & passionsSabbatical linked

Course representation

Commercial structure

Future of students' unions

VP Education




Hashim Alsaidi (Hash) was Surrey University Students Union President from 2004-2005. During his time as President Hash and the team developed the Union's 5 year strategy which kick started the re-organisation process which is in place today. Since his time as President Hash has gone on to develop a successful career in the food supplier industry working for both Unilever, Nestle and Gü puddings and is now a freelance category consultant. Hash is also currently is the process of building a wedding business, which he hopes one day will help make people's wedding more enjoyable to organise and a unique experience for their guests.

In his spare time Hash likes to go running, watch F1 racing and travel. Hash is married to Fiona with their bubbly toddler Isla and a very spoiled dog called Bailey.



Harri ap Rees

Individual Trustee Portfolio: Community


Skills & passionsSabbatical linked
Membership Services focusAll sabbaticals


Harri is the Deputy Registrar for the University of Surrey. His key responsibilities involves leadership and management of business initiatives designed to evaluate and improve effectiveness and efficiency of Registrar's Division (including Faculty Registries, Academic Registry, Recruitment & Admissions, Student support services, Careers service and Chaplaincy).

Line management of Faculty Registrars and support Faculty Registrars in their line management of c. 126 staff and budget of c. £4m. Developing Strategic plan and associated operational plan for academic administration and student services.

He was previously the Director of Strategic Planning at the University of Surrey and prior to that was the Deputy Director.

Prior to working at the University of Surrey he worked at Kingston University for 18 years in a variety of roles including Faculty Manager of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture.

Harri's interests outside of work are participating and watching sport. He enjoys running, mountain biking and watching rugby and football. Harri is a season ticket holder at Harlequins.




Barry Hitchcock, MBE

Previous Director of UniSport (now retired)

Individual Trustee Portfolio: Community/Team Surrey


Skills & passionsSabbatical linked

Sports and students

Long term evolution

VP Sports



Having graduated from Loughborough College of Physical Education, Barry briefly taught PE at a secondary school before starting a life-time's work in the University sector, initially at Brunel University, West London, in 1972. He was appointed Sports Director at the University of Surrey in 1991. By the time he retired in 2009, he had worked very productively with a number of key student representatives, particularly in Sport. He has always had a personal priority of trying to create and enhance student sporting opportunities and held positions in national student sports organisations as well as National Governing Bodies of Sport. He had the vision of vastly improved sports facilities within the University of Surrey and between 1997 and 2009 was heavily involved in the design, planning and building of what has become the Surrey Sports Park.

As recognition for his involvement with Sport and Universities, he was given Honorary Life Membership to the Students' Union in 1993 and received an MBE in 2010.