The CUSU LGBT+ committee are elected for year-long terms, with half the roles being elected in late November (end of Michaelmas term), and the other half in late February (end of Lent term). The current committee is listed below.
President – Ali Hyde
Hey! I’m Ali (he/him) and I’m a second year HSPS undergrad at Downing. My job is to oversee the Campaign and ensure the committee as a whole is working to achieve our aims. I will be liaising with organisations, such as charities, the NUS, and other individuals and organisations that contact us. I will attend CUSU Council and attempt to vote in a way that benefits LGBT+ individuals, as well as attending as many CUSU LGBT+ events and socials that I am able to and contributing whatever ideas I have about events and campaigns. In my ‘free’ time, I sing and play the clarinet and saxophone, and love poetry, birdwatching, and arguing about politics and philosophy.
Chair – Cait Findlay
Hello, hello! My name is Cait (she/her/whatever) and I’m an English student at Newnham College. As Chair, my duties involve the internal running of the Campaign, meaning that I organise Exec and Open Meetings, attend any other relevant meetings, and work with the President to make sure everyone on Committee is fulfilling their role according to the Constitution. My other main jobs are to oversee the budget alongside the Finance Officer and to organise elections. When I’m not doing seemingly endless admin or harassing the other Committee members, I’m most likely reading, running, writing, or rowing, with various levels of skill and dedication. Feel free to get in touch if you have any concerns/complaints/praise/suggestions for the Campaign!
Events Officer – Will Edwards
Hi! I’m Will (he/him), a second year Theologian at Peterhouse, and the CUSU LGBT+ Events Officer! My role on the committee is to organise all the social events we run throughout the year for the whole LGBT+ community in Cambridge, as well as assist the specific reps in running events for the communities they represent. This year I will be putting on a range of social events including our regular bar nights, coffee meets, film & movie nights, as well as hosting our May Week events: The Rainbow Ball and Garden Party. They’re going to be bigger and better than ever – not to be missed! SocEnts events are super important for the success of the Campaign and I’m interested in hearing your feedback for every event we put on; don’t hesitate to catch me in person or drop me an email with your thoughts. When I’m not planning parties I’m usually writing irate letters to my local MP or on behalf of Amnesty International, or yelling in JCR open meetings, or habitually overdressing.
Campaigns Officer – Simon Percelay
Hello all! My name is Simon, and I’m a third year Politics and Sociology student at St John’s. I have been involved with CUSU LGBT+ for more than two years, but as I am seemingly unable to let go, I am now the new Campaigns Officer. My job consists in organising the “political” side of CUSU LGBT+: my priorities will be to lead a campaign to raise awareness on issues related to gender neutrality, to organise an LGBT+ welfare campaign, and to work towards the uniformization of LGBT+ rights across Cambridge colleges. Outside of the campaign, I’m a French bureaucrat who enjoys wine, maps, politics and random trivia.
Welfare Officer – Sophia Andrews
Hi there! I’m Sophia (she/her), a first-year undergraduate student studying Archaeology and Biological Anthropology at Gonville and Caius and I am your welfare officer for this year. Being the LGBT+ welfare officer involves ensuring that LGBT+ students have access to resources and services surrounding mental, physical and social welfare. A main part of my role is dealing with cases of LGBT+ phobia and overseeing of the materials we have to deal with this. Raising awareness around welfare in both a physical and mental sense is highest on my priority list so that we are able to deal with any issues in an efficient and effective way. If you have any queries or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. I am always open to any feedback regarding welfare, as well as any ideas for events you may have, or if you just need someone to chat to.
Finance Officer – Jess Sharpe
I’m Jess (she/her), a second year NatSci at Newnham College and CUSU LGBT+ Finance Officer. This means I am responsible for the Campaign’s budget and sponsorship, and work to ensure all our activities are well-funded. I am also the Library Officer so maintain our section of the CUSU Liberation Library- contact me if you want to request a book or library related event!’
Communications – April Jakso
Hello! I’m April (she/her, they/them), and I am a first year English student at Downing College. As CUSU LGBT+ Communications Officer, my main role is to take minutes at meetings, then send these out as part of our weekly listings e-mail, alongside any upcoming LGBT+ events or notices. Please do sign up to the mailing list, and do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to be included in the listings, or would like to otherwise publicize an event!
Magazine Editors – Emma Simkin (Michelmas) & Michael Davin (Lent)
Hi! I’m Emma Simkin. I’m bisexual and my pronouns are she/her. I would be a third year PBS student at Homerton, but I’m intermitting due to mental health issues. I’m Co-Editor of Get Real. which is Cambridge’s official LGBT+ magazine; a space for queer people around Cambridge to get their voices heard. We publish art, poetry, short stories, articles, and anything else related to queer identity. Anyone can contribute – you don’t need any experience! I commission, edit, and publish pieces online, as well as printing and distributing magazines that are released twice a year. I often spend my free time writing. I usually write articles about mental health, but I’ve recently branched out into fiction writing. As well as writing, I edit the Opinion section of Blueprint Zine. I’m also a keen runner. I’ve been injured most of the past four years, but I’m now training to run a 12-hour ultra-marathon (an easy first race back).
Hi! I’m Michael (pronouns he/him), a HPS at Sidney Sussex and one of the editors of Get Real this year. The magazine is a space for the views and experiences of LGBT+ people in Cambridge to get a voice, so if you have news, comment, creative writing, webcomics, eight movement symphonies or nuclear codes to share with this community, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
Asexual and Aromanticism Rep – Sonja Klisch
Hello! I’m Sonja [she/her or they/them], and I’m your Asexuality and Aromanticism (aka ace/aro) rep! In my year in office I will be representing the ace and aro people in the university, working to improve their visibility, and hosting many events for welfare and getting to know other people in the community. I will especially be focussing on improving the publicity around Asexuality and Aromanticism spectrum awareness weeks in the next academic year. In my spare time, I’m apparently studying Maths at Peterhouse, playing some instruments and reading a lot.
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Rep – Tochi Onuora
Hi, I’m Tochi (he/him), and I’m the BME Rep. I’m a first year at Churchill College, studying Architecture. My job is to represent Black and Minority Ethnic LGBTQ+ students on the committee, in addition to organising events. Intersectionality is something which is often overlooked, and can lead to people who are part of both communities feeling quite isolated or unrepresented. I hope to do work to counter such feelings. If you have any questions, a desire for a chat or any ideas for events, let me know!
Position currently empty, direct enquiries to the Chair if you’re interested in running for the position.
Disabilities Rep – Emrys Travis
Hi, I’m Emrys [they/them], the CUSU LGBT+ disabilities officer, which means I’m the point of contact for disabled LGBT+ students, especially in reference to bringing up any access issues regarding events that the campaign puts on and the way we communicate. My job is making sure CUSU LGBT+ is fully accessible for all disabled students – which includes students with physical or mobility impairments, mental illness, neurodivergence, specific learning difficulties, chronic illness, etc – as well as creating spaces for discussion on the specific intersections between LGBT+ and disabled experiences. I’m also involved with the DSC, WomCam, and Zero Carbon, and I write for Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and non-binary people. When I’m not doing activism I’m colliding queer theory with French and Italian philosophy and literature, and drinking copious buckets of terrible instant coffee.
Bi Rep – Amber Reeves Pigott
Hello! I’m Amber and I am the bisexual rep for CUSU LGBT+, I’m bisexual (surprisingly enough) and my pronouns are she/her. My primary role in the committee is making sure that bisexual people get representation and, as I have discovered anecdotally in my time here, making sure they feel welcome in the community. Bi erasure can often make people feel like they’re not ‘gay enough’ to be a part of the LGBT+ community, and my aim is to make sure that feeling is mitigated as far as possible by making sure there’s events and so forth that address us! Outside of this, I am a third year English Literature student, and I sing in the Catz choir. I’m also the president of the Cambridge drag troupe, Dragtime! We’re going to be doing a lot more this year on that front, so I’m a port of call if you’re at all interested in exploring that. I look forward to meeting more of you as the year goes on!
Trans & Non-Binary Reps – Rebecca Hickman (Michaelmas) and Cici Carey-Stuart (Lent)
Hello! My name is Rebecca Hickman and my pronouns are they/them. I’m a non-binary postgrad historian from South Wales. My main areas are queer history and marine heritage, which are basically the same thing. I am Trans Rep, meaning it is my responsibility to represent trans and non-binary students on the CUSU LGBT+ committee and to do what I can to promote the welfare of trans students. I host the weekly trans/NB coffee meet, as well as other less regular events such as clothes swaps. Feel free to get in touch with me if you need information about transitioning in Cambridge, or if you need to chat about something! I struggle to write jokes, so instead I will be honest. Being from South Wales, I was born in a coalmine. I graduated wearing a bin-liner, and don’t own a single piece of formal clothing.
Hi! I’m Cici (he/him pronouns). I’m an agender/non-binary 2nd year music student at Corpus. I’m one of the Trans and Non-Binary Reps, and my role was created this year to be specifically dedicated to working on issues that effect non-binary people. I help Rebecca in their role to provide welfare to all trans students and I run events specifically for NB people, collaborating with the other liberation campaigns. I’m also working hard to get gender neutral toilets/dress codes/etc. across the university. I’m here for all trans and NB students, so please let me know if there’s anything I can help with in your life as a trans/NB person in Cambridge. In my spare time I write fanfiction and make trans headcanons about my favourite characters – this used to be confined to sci-fi fandoms, but for some reason has now spread to Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Don’t (actually please do) ask.
Grad Rep – Jonathan Birtwell and Ulysses, C.H. Chow
Hello, I’m Jonny [he/him], a first year PhD student in Education at Homerton College. I’m one of the CUSU LGBT+ Grad Reps and I hope to organise some fun social events and welfare/chill out sessions for grad and mature students. Feel free to contact me any time you need advice or have a question about navigating the LGBT+ scene in Cambridge. If you don’t know anyone and you want to attend something then let me know and we can arrange to meet in advance. I can also connect you to any additional support or advice such as the counselling service, managing your work, UK life for international students or women, trans and non-binary advice and support (just to name a few).
Hello! I’m Uly (he/him). I’m a first year law undergrad at Wolfson. As a grad and mature rep, my primary responsibility is to organise events specifically for grad and mature students. I endeavour to make the events as diverse as possible so to cater people from different cultural background. If you have any suggestion as to the events or other concerns and questions regarding the LGBT+ scene in and at Cambridge, feel free to contact me!
Outside of my role, I’m a hiker, former nomad, badminton amateur, and human-rights-activist. I also have a lovely dog. If you need someone to talk to or want to make a friend, just drop me a message!
Computing Officer – Jay Woods
Hey! I’m Jay [he/him], a second-year undergraduate student studying Maths at St Edmund’s College. I’m going to be the new CUSU LGBT+ Computing Officer! I’ve previously been on the committee as part of the ENTS subcommittee. As computing officer I’ll be in charge of the smooth running of the technical side of all things LGBT+ and making sure the events created or endorsed by the committee are advertised effectively. Feel free to get in contact with me if you have any questions related to the mailing-list/website/FB page, or anything else and I’ll be able to put you in contact with the best people !
CUSU LGBT+ is a great organisation to get involved in, there is a lot going on from socials to campaigns. You’re welcome to help out organising socials or suggesting and helping with campaigns without holding a position. But if you’re keen to be involved in CUSU LGBT+ you might want to stand for a committee position. This allows you to be involved in running and shaping CUSU LGBT+ as well as looking great on your CV.
The committee meets once a week during term time, generally on Sunday afternoons and the range of positions available means you have lots of choice as to how to get involved. Depending on the time of year you will either stand for election in an open meeting or can be coopted to vacant positions by either the committee or an open meeting. Feel free to contact the Chair for more information.