Ben Lewis has been elected as the Chair of AMOSSHE, the Student Services Organisation and will take this post from 1 September 2012 for two years. Ben has been influential in AMOSSHE’s development for several years, including posts as Treasurer and Vice Chair. He has supported the organisation to increase its profile, with a focus on membership engagement and giving a voice to Student Services professionals.
Ben is Head of Student Advisory Services at Cardiff University. He leads a range of student support services provided at Cardiff University covering advice and guidance, financial support, international student support, disability, dyslexia and mental health support and the Chaplaincy. He was Vice Chair of AMOSSHE for the period 2010-12 and previously spent two years on the AMOSSHE Executive Board, including one year as Treasurer.
Ben Lewis, incoming Chair of AMOSSHE and Head of Student Advisory Services at Cardiff University, said:
“We face challenging times, but also times of opportunity. I am looking forward to working with colleagues to develop the way AMOSSHE can represent our members’ interests and grow new resources which can help us all in the future. I thank Andrew for his support, friendship and dedication to the organisation and it's members.”
Dr. Andrew West, the outgoing Chair of AMOSSHE and Director of Student Services at the University of Sheffield, said:
”I am delighted to be handing over the AMOSSHE leadership baton to Ben Lewis, with whom I have worked closely over the last two years in his role as AMOSSHE Vice-Chair. AMOSSHE enters the next academic year in a strong position and with exciting plans to develop our activities and services further, for the benefit of members. Ben is very well placed to take these developments forward and I send him my warmest wishes.”
Also taking on new roles in the officer’s group at AMOSSHE are: Brian Hipkin (Regent’s College London), Vice Chair; and Nicole Redman (University of East London), Vice-Chair (Operations). Sally Olohan (Nottingham Trent University) has been re-elected to the AMOSSHE Executive, and will be joined by three newly elected board members: Sam Dale (Durham University), Fay Sherrington (University of Salford), and Chris Twine (University of Birmingham).
AMOSSHE wishes all of the Executive officers and board members standing down at the end of August the best of luck with their future endeavours.
The full Executive committee for 2012/13 is:
AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation is a UK non-profit professional association. Company registration number 4778650.