Committee 2019-20

Kate Uzar
President

The President shall be ultimately responsible for the conduct and day-to-day running of the Society.

The President shall have the right to preside at all meetings of the members of the Society and at all meetings of the Committee. Should the President be absent, or decline to take the Chair, the Committee shall elect another member of the Committee to Chair the meeting.

Studies/Studied: PhD Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Has danced for: over 10 years

Favourite Ballroom dances: Viennese Waltz

Favourite Latin dances: All but if I have to choose - Samba and Rumba

Weirdest time/place you’ve danced: Samba outside Blackpool Tower

Hobbies outside of dancing: Ice skating, other dance types, climbing

Lisa Riedel
Secretary

The Secretary shall be responsible to the President for the administration of the Society. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • maintaining a register of all the members of the Society;
  • giving notice of meetings of the members and the Committee;
  • drawing up the agenda and minutes of those meetings and, on approval of the Committee, ensuring they are available for any member of the Society;
  • writing and submitting the annual report in accordance with the Students’ Association deadlines;
  • re-registering the society with the Students’ Association each year prior to Week 12 of Semester 2;
  • taking responsibility for the operation and updating of a suitable society web-page displaying (at a minimum) current society contacts, the Constitution, the Code of Conduct, and Risk Assessment;
  • co-ordinating and regulating access to the web facilities used by the Society;
  • being mindful of relevant data protection legislation when handling personal data;
  • regularly keeping members of the Society informed of affairs by e-mail, using the society mailing list.

Studies/Studied: Chemical Engineering

Has danced for: 1 Year

Favourite Ballroom dances: Viennese Waltz

Favourite Latin dances: Rumba

Weirdest time/place you’ve danced: Train Station in Manchester

Hobbies outside of dancing: Horse riding, Music, Skiing

Jay Gu
Treasurer

The Treasurer shall be responsible to the President for the finances of the Society. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • keeping proper records of the Society’s financial transactions in accordance with the University’s established procedure;
  • developing and maintaining good practice procedures in line with the Students’ Association’s policy, including maintaining two signatories on all accounts; the Treasurer and President;
  • ensuring that bills are paid on time, being aware when documentation requires the signature of other Officers;
  • ensuring that cash and cheques are banked in accordance with the University’s established procedure;
  • preparing a budget at the start of the academic year for the Society and regularly informing the Committee of progress of that budget;
  • preparing an end of year report on the Society’s finances, and making this report available to the University and Society members;
  • ensuring that all records, procedures and accounts are available on request to the Committee and the university;
  • developing and maintaining a manual of written procedures for all aspects of the Treasurer’s responsibility.

Studies/Studied: Biochemistry

Has danced for: 3 years

Favourite Ballroom dances: Slow Waltz

Favourite Latin dances: Can’t really do any of these but I like the idea of Samba

Weirdest time/place you’ve danced: Central library cafe at 2am

Hobbies outside of dancing: Cooking and eating

Igor Zamorski
External Relations

External Relations shall be responsible to the President for the management of the Society’s relationship with the Students’ Association and the University, other University Societies, and the wider community. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • organising and coordinating volunteering opportunities for members of the Society;
  • liaising with other University Societies to promote the Society and seek out areas of mutual interest;
  • publicising the Society to the University and the wider community, and identifying areas of interest for the Society;
  • ensuring that publicity material for the Society’s classes and events is produced and distributed.

Studies/Studied: Chemistry

Has danced for: 6 months

Favourite Ballroom dances: Viennese

Favourite Latin dances: Jive

Weirdest time/place you’ve danced: Arthur’s Seat

Hobbies outside of dancing: It's complicated

Yohanna Fung
Social Secretary

The Social Secretary shall be responsible to the President for the organisation of all social events throughout the year. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • organising the annual Winter and End-of-Year Balls;
  • organising other social events throughout the year;
  • being mindful of the diversity of the Society and accessibility when organising social events.

Studies/Studied: International Relations

Has danced for: 3 years

Favourite Ballroom Dances: waltz, slow foxtrot

Favourite Latin Dances: samba, jive

Weirdest time/place you’ve danced: Danced freestyle contemporary at the Edinburgh Castle

Hobbies outside of dancing: going on road trips, photography, cooking, drawing

Sophie Edis
Head of Attire

The Head of Attire will be responsible to the President for the Society’s outfitting. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • designing, ordering and distributing of all Society apparel, as well as the acquisition, storage and maintenance of team attire;
  • ensuring, along with the Team Captain, that all competitors adhere to the relevant dress restrictions at competitions.

Studies/Studied: Extended Diploma in Fashion Design and currently studying Performance Costume Design

Has danced for: 2 years

Favourite Ballroom dances: Viennese Waltz, Tango

Favourite Latin dances: Samba! Paso Doble

Weirdest time/place you’ve danced: Samba on Blackpool beach

Hobbies outside of dancing: Making costumes and salsa and bachata!

Alistair Bowen-Davies
Team Captain

The Team Captain shall be responsible to the President for the organisation and management of the team. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • acting as the Society’s Nominated Representative to IVDA;
  • ensuring that all documentation and cases are submitted in a timely fashion to the relevant IVDA officials;
  • being mindful of relevant data protection legislation when handling personal data;
  • organising and submitting the Team’s entries for competitions.

Studies/Studied: Bachelor of Commerce in Information Studies at the University of Cape Town and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics at the Open University

Has danced for: 22 years

Favourite Ballroom dances: Foxtrot

Favourite Latin dances: Paso Doble

Weirdest time/place you’ve danced: On Koi Khai island in Thailand. Danced samba on the beach to a crowd with my friend Roo.

Hobbies outside of dancing: Sailing.

Imhotep Baptiste
Vice Team Captain

The Vice Team Captain shall be responsible to the President for the organisation and management.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Acting as the society’s nominated Representative to IVDA along with Team Captain;
  • Assist the Team Captain in ensuring all relevant documentation are submitted to IVDA officials in a timely fashion;
  • Being mindful of any present personal data protection legislation when handling personal data;
  • Assist the Team Captain in organising necessary competition preparations.

Studies/Studied: PhD Electrical Engineering

Has danced for: 5 Years

Favourite Ballroom dances: Foxtrot, Waltz

Favourite Latin dances: Rumba, Samba

Weirdest time/place you’ve danced: In the Highlands.

Hobbies outside of dancing: Cycling, wine making, hiking