The Executive Committee (the Exec) are members of the JCR who are elected to run the various affairs of the JCR led by the Senior Man. They act on your suggestions to make Hatfield the best it can possibly be for each member of the JCR as well as being the main link between the members of the JCR and College Officers.
Charlotte or ‘Chach’ as she is known by most, is our Senior Man. This means she is responsible for liaising with College Officers, Presidents from other colleges and the JCR to ensure that college life is running smoothly and the JCR are getting a fair deal. Her favorite things are chicken nuggets, blue and yellow face paint and stash. She can often be found running around MC both playing for and supporting Hatfield hockey club, in the bar or around college. If not, you can find Chach looking up the next bad joke for formal. This year she is really looking forward to making sure college stays as great as it always has been while taking full advantage of having a flat in M stairs. She is less looking forward to all the reading for Law.
A Scottish Lass through and through, Katherine (Kmac) is this year’s V-P Welfare. In her capacity as VP Welfare, Katherine is responsible for all your welfare needs. Welfare in Hatfield, is there to strengthen, signpost and support you to “ensure that each member of our unique community can be the very best it can be” (Maclennan, K 2013) #cheese. Along with the other Exec Welfare Officer Jamie and her invaluable Team Welfare (Welfs to you and me), Katherine is on hand to provide some useful provisions within College such as lube and earplugs (not necessarily together!). She, Jamie, and her Senior Welfare Reps hold weekly drop-in hours so make sure you swing by for tea, coffee or the perennial favourite, the custard cream (or all three!), as they are lovely and all on hand to offer a listening ear.When not playing around with Pythagoras’ Theorem, Katherine can often be found playing hockey, croquet or with the notorious HCWRFC on the rugby pitch. Her and Jonny, our Treasurer, can also be found tearing it up at our regular open-mic nights, with one on-looker saying they were the “best thing since brunch at Hatfield” (Satterthwaite, L 2013). In the style of the Sound of the Music/ That Car advert a couple of years ago, face paint, puppies, and when England loses to Wales in the Six Nations are a few of her favourite things. Six Nations aside, Kmac is one of the loveliest, nicest people in college so make sure you pop-in and say hi! She’s really looking forward to meeting you all in October and she’ll always be round for a chat if you need it!
If there is one thing that is more valuable than gold to a Hatfielder it his or her college stash (clothing), which a large proportion of the student loan goes towards and as Secretary, Luke (or Satts as he is better known) is the guardian of this treasure. He organises the stash order and distribution, ensuring that you fill your wardrobes with everything Hatfield branded, from customised hoodies to the world-renowned Hatfield branded flip-flops.
Luke also has the task of telling you everything you need to know about everything that matters in Hatfield in his infamous weekly emails. The ‘Mark Zuckerberg of Hatfield’ (Satterthwaite, L 2013), he also has the pleasure of updating the website so you always know what’s going on in Hatfield! Rather less glamorously he has the thankless task of dealing with the mountain of administration from minuting (eyebrows) the legendary JCR Meetings to organising Hatfield’s ultimate dining experience (no, not the Post-Klute Subway!), the ever-popular Formal Dinners!
Whether attempting to Spoon Mambo No. 5 or singing College Songs out of tune, this friendly Northerner loves all things Hatfield- related. When not embarrassing himself on the Handball court or as the Hatfield Pantomime Dame (Coming Soon to a Michaelmas Term near you!), he can often be found treading the boards at the Assembly Rooms (just opposite Hatfield!) or pulling some sick shapes at his home away from home, Klute.
If you have any queries about Hatfield or want to advertise your event in the email just drop Luke a line and he’ll be happy to help!
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Jamie is this year’s JCR Welfare Officer. Jamie’s role involves leading the student welfare team alongside Katherine MacLennan (VP Welfare), providing a non-judgmental listening ear and generally supporting the rest of the Exec to make sure Hatfielders have the best possible experience of college life. Together with Katherine, Jamie is the main student point of contact for anyone experiencing any problems whether at uni or home, or if you just fancy a cup of tea and a chat! Along with the rest of the welfare team, Jamie’s there to ensure your time at Hatfield goes as smoothly as possible. Look out for termly welfare campaigns too which are always great fun to get involved in. No problem is too big or too small, so feel free to come along and see Jamie at his weekly drop-in hours on Monday evenings, drop him an email at email@example.com or come and find him for a chat. He’s always happy to talk and usually pretty easy to spot in his powered wheelchair! When not travelling around college at ridiculous speeds, Jamie can usually be found watching football, cricket or anything vaguely resembling sport. He does support Aston Villa, but no-one’s perfect…
Asligul, or Azzy, as she’s more fondly known around college, is Hatfield’s Social Secretary. Her job, with the help of her Ents’ team, is to make sure Hatfielders have a busy social calendar to help them wind down after a long day of work, whether it’s through casual and enjoyable open mic nights in the bar, or huge all-college events like the Michaelmas Ball and Hatfield Day.
Azzy studies Combined Honours, allowing her to dabble in different humanities; the same can be said about her extracurricular endeavours. You’ll see her strumming her guitar and singing along during open mic nights, directing or starring in Hatfield’s drama productions, or casually rowing along the river on a quiet weekend (if the weather’s just right!). This is no superhuman feat – funnily enough, she doesn’t get many contact hours for her degree.
Even if you haven’t talked to her yet, you’ll most definitely have seen Azzy running around college for one reason or another. She prides herself on her approachability and sense of humour, and will always have time for others – although at times, she admits she’ll overwhelm them by talking a bit too much.
Maria is Hatfield's Senior DSU Rep and a first year PPE student, originating from Bristol - making her partial to the odd pint of cider and pickled egg. Her role is to represent the views of all Hatfield students to the Student Union and keep you all up to date with the goings on in Dunelm House. There's never been such an exciting time to get involved with the DSU so come to Maria if you want to find out more, make a suggestion, or have a rant - it really is your Union. When not raving about politics and all things socialist Maria can be found throwing some serious shapes on the Klute dancefloor. On her days off she'll be touring Durham's coffee shops making her an expert on where to find the best chocolate brownies or indulging her unusual flare for nail art with her chums. Although vertically challenged she's full of Hatfield spirit and never misses a formal dinner. She also has an annoying habit of acting like a walking-talking musical, singing and ending her way around College, to the deepest annoyance of her friends or anyone in the vicinity.
Jesse is a second (first) year undergraduate studying Philosophy, Politics & Economics. He is interested in student politics, as well as politics as a whole, having worked for his local council, a couple of political think tanks, and shadowing an MP. He plays a bit of everything; football, tennis, squash, cricket and picked up hockey for the first time in his first year at Hatfield. However it is more likely you’ll see him on a social rather on the pitch! Once being a member of a couple bands, he plays a little guitar and bass. On a university wide level, he plays Men's Lacrosse, continuing from his home club in Manchester, and attending events put on by the Durham Union Society.
Freddie Thomson is this year’s Chair of the JCR. His unwholesome fascination in constitutional law makes him an exceptional, if not slightly geeky asset to the Exec. He chairs all meetings of the JCR and the Exec, and bears the responsibility of telling other exec members to pipe down, whilst remaining impartial in any decision. He also organises elections and collects manifestos, so for any election-rigging and special-treatment, he is the one to bribe. Hard currency and foodstuffs preferred.
When he isn’t examining Standing Orders he can be found blowing hard with Kinky Jeff (he is a trombonist, get your mind out of the gutter) rowing extremely casually, and having the sh*t kicked out of him at Muay Thai. He also enjoys theatre and acting, and dancing like a platypus on crack. He looks forward to meeting you all in the coming year and is happy to answer any questions about the JCR and college.