The Standing Committee acts as the Union’s executive and is responsible for the day to day running of all aspects of the Society. We meet once a week during term time. We’re the people to contact if you have any question, query or concern to raise.


Tristan Pahl President, Michaelmas Term 2020

Tristan Pahl
Josephine Butler College
PPE (Third Year)

The President is tasked with delivering a successful term of events. They chair debates, committee meetings and coordinate the Union’s officers. The President is ultimately responsible to the Union’s members and trustees.


Freddie Green
Trevelyan College
Law (Second Year)

The Treasurer is in charge of the Union’s finances, liaising with other officer, setting termly budgets, updating the accounts and presenting to the Trustees.


Ryan de’Vere
Hatfield College
Politics (Second Year)

The Secretary is responsible for communicating members’ views to the President and other officers, recording the minutes of events and meetings, and managing the Secretary’s Committee.

Director of Debating

George Filippopoulos
Collingwood College
Maths & Philosophy (Third Year)

The Director of Debating (DoD) is responsible for student debating, both inside and outside Durham. The DoD oversees weekly practice sessions, selects teams to represent Durham at Inter-Varsity competitions and helps organise our own competitions, such as the IV, Open and Schools.

Social Secretary

Lucy Jackson
University College
Geophysics (Third Year)

The Social Secretary organises all our fantastic social events, including the annual Michaelmas Ball, the Epiphany Gala and Easter Ball. The Social Secretary also works with the Social Committee to prepare social events.


Grace Annandale
Grey College
Economics (Second Year)

The Custodian is in charge of 24 North Bailey Club and is in charge of the ballot for Apartments. The Custodian also consults with Bar Committee on the views of the members regarding the Bar.

Sponsorship Secretary

Sophie Tice
St Marys College
History (Second Year)

The Sponsorship Secretary works to ensure that all areas of the Union receive sponsorship. They are responsible for building and maintaining links between the Union and external parties.


James Wroe
St Chad’s College
Economics (Third Year)

The President-Elect works toward their own term and their presence on Standing helps to ensure a smooth transition between Presidents.

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