Board of Trustees

Your Students' Union is a registered charity which means we have a Board of Trustees. They oversee the SU and are responsible for the governance, strategy and finances of your SU.

Einita Suman has 10+ years’ experience in the Student Accommodation and HEI world. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham Einita held multiple senior roles within Unite Students, the largest UK Student accommodation provider. Einita is currently the Director of Accommodation and Operations at the University of Birmingham, Einita oversees the University’s accommodation portfolio providing homes to over 5,000 students and a further 1,800 through nomination agreements.

In addition, Einita also oversees the early years excellent OFSTED rated nursery provision caring for 300+ children spread across 3 separate settings. Within the last two years she has led on the University’s first DBFO scheme which brought to market 1,230 new build and refurbished beds with investment of £150m.

In addition to her role at the University of Birmingham, Einita also serves on the Board of Trustees for Birmingham City University. As one of three Directors, Einita is currently shaping the Student Union’s accommodation strategy focussing on enriching the student experience.

A senior commercial marketing leader with a record of delivering results across multiple disciplines, Chris has experience across multiple marketing disciplines. He started his career in creative marketing agencies, delivering TV, radio, digital and many other campaigns for a range of clients from Club Med to Arriva Buses, Calor Gas to Namco Bandai (formerly Atari). He then spent 10 years in commercial and marketing roles in the Live Events industry with the NEC Group. Here he did everything from running the Group’s digital and creative teams, to being Commercial and Marketing Director at the NEC Group’s data and ecommerce business (The Ticket Factory). In 2021 he moved to BT and is currently focussed on looking after EE’s Pay As You Go customer base, executing a broad range of marketing programs to improve the customer experience.

Chris has a passion for seeing young people develop in their careers and was previously Vice President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Future Faces. Having completed his tenure as Vice President, he then came to work with BCUSU in 2019 supporting across marketing, commercial and strategic transformation projects.

In his spare time, he is running around with his four children, playing sports (of any shape or size), enjoying music, technology and hunting for new challenges – the current one being cycling!

Stephen graduated from BCU (when it was UCE) and is a former Student Union President. Since graduating, he has had a highly successful career that saw him develop into a broader leadership role through a Human Resources career path. In 2006 Stephen moved to the Middle East, where he has worked across the region. He has been with RCSI since 2013 and has played a fundamental role in growing RCSI Bahrain into the premier Healthcare Education University in the region. Before this, he worked for the international consultancy firm KPMG in a regional position.

In addition to his professional qualifications (CIPD), Stephen has taken his academic qualifications further, graduating from Said Business School, The University of Oxford, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership. He is currently studying towards a Doctorate in Management, where his area of research is the development of indigenous populations in overseas operations of multinational organisations.

Stephen is married to Lucy, who he met at BCU in 1999, and they have three children Maddie (20), Ben (19) and Elliott (13). He is passionate about Rugby League, having been a player and coach until he moved abroad. Stephen founded the RL team at BCU when he was there and continued his involvement with the game, being awarded the 2002 Stephen National Rugby League Conference Coach of the year.

My name is Pravjoth, but you can call me Prav! I am 21 years old, and I am a final year Business Management Student here at BCU and I have taken up the Student Trustee role for the third academic year! My involvement with BCU started when I joined this university in September 2019, and I got involved with different societies at BCUSU. Through this, I have become President of Enactus BCU and the Mental Health Society! I have become a Student Trustee at BCUSU in my second year of my degree as it is an amazing opportunity for students to gain an insight into the democratic of BCUSU.

As I will be slowly ending my journey with BCU soon, I hope that my involvement with BCUSU through leading societies and providing a voice for our students from my role as a Trustee will enhance BCU students as they go through the up and downs of transitioning into university. It also creates a sense of belonging for students and creates diversity and inclusion as well. I am excited for the upcoming academic year and creating positivity here at your BCUSU!

I have been a student trustee since 2020 and am now about to start my third year as a trustee, loving every moment of being in this position and being able to be the main voice for students when attending trustee board meetings and subcommittee meetings, being a part of this team has given me the power to approve or disapprove of what happens around the university. During my free time, I love gaming and have recently started playing multiplayer, but most of all I enjoy spending time with my little hedgehogs dexter and Padfoot and seeing my friends.

During my time at university, I had the opportunity to undertake the Bseen Bootcamp, which allowed to build my own business (Sloth-Quest limited), while undergoing this training I was given the opportunity to take part in the steam house hatchery programme, which allowed me to work alongside some other entrepreneurship like-minded students during this programme it helped me build my confidence stills through business planning and pitching, where am I now on my business.

I am currently a part of the SteamHouse create programme and currently working closely with Harry Conway (VR technician) Joseph Margetts (enterprise manager) and the rest of the steam house and Bseen team. During my time as a student trustee, I want to make a positive impact for my fellow students, I want to allow time to work with you guys to make sure all student voices are heard during the trustee board meetings.