Meet your Trustees

Your union Trustee board is comprised of four external trustees who are experts in their fields, two student trustees, and elected student officers. These trustees work alongside your union's senior management team and meet regularly throughout the year.

Antoinette joined Aflac Northern Ireland at its inception in October 2019 and is responsible for the strategic success of the operational and ESG strands of the business. Aflac NI is a technology and cyber security hub and subsidiary of Aflac Inc. - a Fortune 500 company and one of the leading suppliers of supplemental health insurance in the US and Japan.
Previously Antoinette worked in Customer Success and Pre-Sales roles in the field-workforce-management market selling to and supporting the needs of Local Government, Healthcare and private sector clients. She has a wealth of digital transformation, process improvement, management, leadership, and ESG experience to bring to the role of External Trustee.
Aaron joined National Museums NI as Head of Audience Development in January 2018 and is responsible for developing creative solutions that ensure that museums remain relevant in today's fast-changing society. This is a critical challenge for the wider museums sector and requires a well-rounded approach involving audience insight, strategic communications development and creative programming.  Prior to this Aaron was Media Director at AV Browne Advertising Agency, a role in which he worked with a diverse range of brands throughout UK & Ireland to deliver strategic marketing campaigns on both offline and digital platforms. Having graduated from Ulster University in 2007, Aaron is proud to be involved in finding ways to champion the voice of the student body through his external trustee role at UUSU.
I am delighted as a past Graduate of the Ulster University to return as a trustee and Company Director, to work in partnership with the students today, to support the continued growth and success of the UUSU.
I moved back to NI in 2020 after 30 years working in England in the Retail and Healthcare sectors. Most of my career has been spent in values led organisations, namely Greggs Plc, the Co-operative Group and Well Pharmacy. In the last 12 years I operated at Board level in the roles of General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. In these roles I led large teams and was accountable for developing strategic plans, process and performance improvement and transformational change programs. I am passionate about developing talent and have championed the people agenda throughout my career.
In the role of trustee I am committed to using my skills and experience, to support the UUSU to effectively represent the student voice and to provide a world class range of services, functions and initiatives to enhance the student experience at the University of Ulster.
My name is Ashley Neill and I am very pleased to be able to serve the students of Ulster University by acting as a Lay Trustee with the Ulster University Students Union. As a twice ex graduate of Ulster University I recognise the uniqueness of the University and the valuable contribution it makes to Northern Irish society. I spent the first 6 years of my career working in the financial sector both locally and working across Europe, Middle East and Africa with responsibility for 56 countries. I then moved into the Public Sector holding a range of roles including Company Secretary and Assistant Director for Planning, Performance and Governance. Using my experience, particularly in risk, governance and compliance I aim to contribute to the future success of the UUSU.
I began my career in the University of Ulster Students Union as an elected officer and I continue to appreciate the skills and values instilled in me from my time there. I am excited to return to the movement to share the knowledge and experience I have acquired since, to improve the lives of students and help them fulfil their potential. Throughout my career in the third sector I have worked with multiple organisations at the highest levels of governance. I have been responsible for building and maintaining active, engaged and effective boards which exist to support the work of the organisation and help them achieve their purpose. I am Currently a Digital Technology Director and new media fundraiser, specialising in digital transformation with a focus on software development prioritising donor experience. I design digital solutions to enhance efficiency and improve performance. I am passionate about this member lead organisation and aim to support it and the students it serves in any way possible.