The SUBU Leadership Awards wouldn't be possible without a group of great trainers. Get to know our trainers with the short profiles below.


George Torpey, Retention and Success Coordinator, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

George is one of the newest member of our SUBU team joining in August 2017 after graduating from BU in Sociology and Anthropology. He is the Success and Retention Coordinator within Democracy and Equality department. Since being here he has organised and run events during Black History month, Diwali and The BME Awards as well as helping with the part time officer elections and The Big Student Meeting. His passions lie with equality and diversity, helping and supporting marginalised groups and reaching out to students who feel disengaged.



Gillie Lewis, Community Partnerships Manager, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Gillie has worked for SUBU in the area of Representation and helped to train thousands of reps over the years. She is now heading up our Community Team including Volunteering and Green Task Force. She is passionate about the environment, and keen to get students thinking creatively about ways in which they can save the planet every day!




Jen Caldwell, Representation and Training Coordinator, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Jen began working at SUBU in June 2014, and has since worked in various roles in Representation and Activites. Previous to this she worked for many years in the Education and the IT Private sectors. She loves helping Students realise their potential and helping to prepare themselves positively for the future.




Sophie Bradfield, Policy & Campaigns Development Coordinator, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Sophie supports students to run numerous campaigns and draws experience from organisations where she was involved in running and supporting campaigns and projects to drive change in a range of different areas. The organisations include: Student Hubs, Impact Hub Westminster, Interact, UK Youth Parliament and CYB.




Hanna Coles, Advice Worker, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)
 Hanna joined SUBU in August 2015 where she trained to be an Advice Worker. Hanna supports students in every aspect of the student experience providing independent and confidential advice in areas such as housing, finance, academic, employment and personal issues. Hanna particularly enjoys solving complex housing issues and supporting the elected Officers with campaigns. 




Hannah Wiseman, Green & Volunteering Projects Coordinator, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

 Hannah has worked in SUBU since 2015 and has concentrated on various environmental and sustainability campaigns and events. Hannah was a key part of SUBU gaining two Green Impact Awards through the NUS and being finalists in the Green Gown Awards. She loves  sharing her passion for the environment with other people and helping people live  and work more sustainably. 




Emma Pringle, Representation Impact Coordinator, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

 Emma joined SUBU in 2016 and currently works within the Rep Team to help facilitate the Representation system at BU. Before joining SUBU Emma worked as an Associate Trainer, training Student Reps in Higher and Further education across Scotland. Emma loves empowering  students to acheive their goals and has a passion for instilling positivity and optimism in others. She also wishes it could be Christmas everyday! 




Alison Armstrong, Careers Advisor, Bournemouth University

After graduating from Manchester University Alison spent time working in publishing and TV.  Keen to travel she found work in an NGO in Costa Rica and later moved into Events Fundraising at HelpAge and Barnardo’s in the UK.  Her career as a Careers Adviser began over 10 years ago working at University College London and Kings College London where she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Careers Guidance at the University of East London.  She has spent the last few years living in Argentina working as a TEFL Teacher and Educational Consultant.  She joins the Careers and Employability team from Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires where she advised students and co-ordinated International exchange programmes.



Penny Ballyntyne, Careers Advisor, Bournemouth University

Penny graduated from BU in 2003 and has had several roles including retail merchandising and office management.  She started working at the University of Hertfordshire in 2008 and after running the engineering placements office, took a year out to complete my PG Diploma in Careers Guidance at UWE in 2012.  Penny has worked as a Careers Adviser for Hertfordshire, Southampton and now BU.




Adrian Cuthbert, Careers Advisor, Bournemouth University

Adrian works closely with the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. He holds a BA (Hons) Business and Management degree from the University of Exeter Business School. Adrian worked locally with the Connexions service and has experience in the charity and social enterprise sector in Dorset. His training experience includes Teaching English as a Foreign language and as a Social Enterprise Tutor focusing on business planning and fundraising.
Adrian joined Bournemouth University in 2013 in the askBU team providing general information, advice and guidance before transitioning to the Careers & Employability Team in 2015.

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