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Laura Whalley

President - Laura Whalley (lew47)

Hello! I’m Laura and I am a second-year Emma geographer. Having already been a member of the CUGS committee last year, I am very proud and honoured to lead CUGS - one of the best subject-based student societies – through another very successful year. My role involves leading and co-ordinating this year’s fantastic committee in order that CUGS continues to host inspiring speakers’ talks, informative careers evenings, and exciting social events throughout the year. As a committee, we also have many new ideas and projects to steer the society in new directions such as establishing a relationship with the Oxford Geography Society, launching a Geography blog which will hopefully evolve to become a Geography newsletter, and organising a charity social event (and of course many more)! Outside of Geography and CUGS, I enjoy playing hockey for college, yoga, punting, shopping and travelling! Please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or any member of the committee – we love to hear your ideas and feedback!

Catriona Chaplin

Vice President - Catriona Chaplin (clc82)

Hello! I'm Catriona and I'm a second year from Trinity. I'm really excited to be your Vice President this year and assist Laura in organising lots of exciting for you all and in making CUGs even better than it already is. If you have any questions about anything at all or ideas on how CUGs can improve I would love to hear from you!

Lucy Pickworth

Treasurer - Lucy Pickworth (lcp44)

Hello! I am Lucy, a second year Newnham Geographer. As Treasurer, I will make sure we have enough money to fund and subsidise all the fabulous events CUGS hosts, such as our Summer Garden Party and Christmas Dinner. This year, I will offer an option to add a charitable donation to our chosen charity alongside purchase of tickets to our events. I am also working to secure CUGS members a selection of Treasurer’s Treats, whereby you will be able to get discounts in shops, bars and restaurants across the City! Outside of CUGS, you will probably find me rowing on the river, playing hockey or running a charitable event! Please do not hesitate in dropping me an email about any ideas you may have for the society.

Hannah Gillie

Secretary - Hannah Gillie (hg389)

Hi I’m Hannah, a first year from Fitz. As secretary I take the minutes at committee meetings and manage admin whilst working closely with Alice, our IT officer. I would love to get people more involved in shaping the future direction of the society as with your energy and ideas CUGS will go from strength to strength. I am also part of a new and enthusiastic team of Cambridge Royal Geographical Society Young Ambassadors who spread the love and importance of the subject. Outside of the Geography realm I enjoy horse riding and playing squash. If you have any suggestions or ideas don’t hesitate to contact me!

Charlie Whitehead

Speakers Officer - Charlie Whitehead (cjdw2)

Hi! I'm Charlie, a second year geographer at Emmanuel, and along with Kavish I'm a Speakers Officer for this year. We're responsible for organising talks from influential and engaging speakers, which are usually relevant to the course as well as being worth attending out of interest alone. Of course, we're representing CUGS as a whole so do get in touch if there's anyone you're keen to hear from in particular. Outside of the department, you'll find me behind a drum kit, on the rugby field or soaking the atmosphere in Spoons.

Kavish Shah

Speakers Officer - Kavish Shah (kbs27))

Hi! I'm Kavish, a first year Emmanuel Geographer. My role as Speakers Officer is to bring the most stimulating people to do talks for CUGS. Together with Charlie, I aim to provide a broad range of speakers events - relevant to both Human and Physical Geography - to keep your interest peaked throughout the year. If you have any particular ideas please do not hesitate to let me know as these events are for you! Aside from my (obvious) love for Geography, I enjoy travelling and languages, and I am also a committee member for the university India Society.

Alice Iles

IT and Publicity Officer - Alice Iles (adki2)

Hi! I’m Alice, a first-year Geographer at Newnham! I am the IT and Publicity Officer for CUGS this year and so I’ll be sorting out the website, looking after the Twitter and Instagram pages and making sure you know all about the fab speakers and events that CUGS is hosting. Beyond Geography, I enjoy hanging out with friends and playing Lacrosse in College. Please get in touch if you have any ideas or suggestions – I’d love to hear from you!

Andre Woolgar

Careers and Access Officer - Andre Woolgar (aw626)

Hey guys! I’m André, a 2nd year Girton geographer and I am the Careers and Access officer on this year’s committee. I hope to make sure that next year’s Careers event can build on the immense success the first one had this year, featuring (as in cheesy adverts) everything being bigger and better! Hopefully, this will include more companies and organizations from a broader range to try an encompass elements from all of geography. In addition to this, I take on the brand new component of Access. This will include liaising with the Geography ambassadors for school visits, and really encouraging more school students to be excited for Geography at uni, by making ourselves heard on Open Days and through an alternative prospectus. It’s new, so feel free to contact me on anything you would like to see here, as well as at the Careers fair! Other things I like to do include rowing, social justice awareness raising, playing instruments (with questionable levels of skill) and generally ambling around, taking in the world around me (whether in England or somewhere more exotic!).

Annabel Cleak

Green and Ethical Officer - Annabel Cleak (amc220)

Hi, I’m Annabel and I’m in first year at Fitzwilliam College. As Green and Ethics Officer for CUGS I’ll be working with the other members to make sure that we carry out our activities in a sustainable and ethical way. This includes making decorations out of recycled materials for the CUGS garden party, and organising a fundraiser to raise money for a charity of your choice. Outside of CUGS I enjoy running, socialising and travelling! I try to be green in my day to day life, and intend to follow a career in international development.

Emily Birch

ENTs Officer - Emily Birch (ealb2)

Hi, I’m Emily, a second-year at Newnham. I’m part of this year’s Ents team and am really looking forward to organizing a series of cracking social events during the year. The aim is to have a load of fun and maintain Geography’s roaring reputation as ‘the sociable subject’ that we are. If you’ve got any ideas for events then we’d love to hear them, please get in touch- you can find me not working in the library or on the lacrosse pitch!

Emily Richardson

ENTs Officer - Emily Richardson (er421)

Hi! I’m Emily, a second year Emmanuel Geographer and also part of this year’s Ents team. I will be involved in organizing the always popular annual garden party, freshers week events and the Christmas Dinner amongst other fantastic events! If you have ideas or suggestions, please do get in touch. Outside of geography and CUGS, I enjoy hip-hop dancing, going to see live music and the obligatory geography past time of travelling.

Harriet Hall

ENTs Officer - Harriet Hall (hlh29)

Hi I’m Harriet, a first-year Geographer at Emma and part of this year’s Ents team. We’re hoping to continue all the fantastic events from previous years, organising the annual Garden Party, Freshers’ Social and the Christmas Dinner – we will try our best to improve on all of these and bring something new, too. Outside of CUGS/all things Geography, I play piano and enjoy painting and drawing. If you have any ideas or suggestions for us then please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we’d love to hear your feedback and inputs!