Statement Regarding The Chief Executive Role

Royal Holloway Students’ Union Chief Executive Dr. Tom Flynn will be leaving the organisation after five years in post to join Imperial College Union as their new Managing Director.

The Board of Trustees have put in place a number of interim measures to ensure that the Union can continue to benefit from outstanding leadership, that is jointly provided by elected Officers and permanent staff.

Head of Trading Services, Max Ross, and Head of Membership Support and Engagement, Abi Jesson, will jointly take on the role of Interim Chief Executive of the Students’ Union from September before recruitment for a permanent replacement will take place in the new year.

Tom will begin his new role on a phased basis, starting his induction for one day per week in June, building up to a full-time role from September onwards. This timeframe has been jointly agreed with Imperial College Union so as to ensure that RHSU is well-positioned for the next steps in the midst of the current pandemic, and to enable an effective handover.

Jack O’Neill, President, commented: “Tom has been with the Union for a number of critically important years, the leadership and direction he has provided the organisation has been of immense benefit to the Union, and therefore to students.

“I am confident that the measures that have been put in place will ensure that the Union will continue to succeed, and I wish Tom all the very best of luck in his next role.”