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CEO and Director Changes

CEO and Director Changes

There are some significant staff changes in the senior management team at the Guild. Please read on for more information.

There are some significant staff changes in the senior management team at the Guild. Please read on for more information.

Joff Cooke, Chief Executive, has decided to take a new opportunity in his career and so will be leaving the Guild at the end of May. We are very sad to see Joff go. He has made some fantastic steps forwards for the Guild whilst in post the past nine months. We wish Joff all the best with his next steps and thank him for his hard work and dedication to the Guild through a challenging period.

“After 31 years in students’ unions, I will be moving to the private sector for an exciting new challenge. But I leave the Guild with a somewhat heavy heart as I believe there are great things happening now at Exeter. During my brief time at the Guild we have made many positive steps in very difficult circumstances. With the unwavering support of the Vice Chancellor, University Council, and the wider University senior team, I am sure the Guild is on track to become a world leading students’ union for all students at Exeter. I would like to thank the Guild staff, officers, trustees and students for their hard work, honesty, loyalty and dedication to making the student experience at Exeter better for all students. I wish everyone at the Guild all the very best of luck for the future.” - Joff Cooke, outgoing Chief Executive

WJoff portraite are pleased to announce the appointment of Vic Langer as Interim Chief Executive as Joff Cooke departs. Vic joins us from 11 May for an initial six months to support the Guild through the current challenges from the coronavirus, and towards a new direction for the Guild. Vic has spent the past six years working as the Strategy Director for Save the Children UK and before that worked at National Union of Students (NUS) for ten years in policy and political strategy.

“I’m very exciting to be back working in a student led organisation. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at the Guild and ensuring that the Guild is in a strong place for the start of the new academic year. I am sure we will be able to get the Guild in a great place for when the next permanent Chief Executive takes over the reins.”- Vic Langer, Interim Chief Executive

Recruitment for a full-time Chief Executive will open very soon.

We would also like to announce that Scott Temple-Farmer has decided to leave his role as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Membership Engagement. Scott initially joined the Guild in March 2016 as Chief Executive (Maternity Cover) and oversaw the development of its strategic plan working alongside Student Leaders, Trustees and University colleagues.

We would like to thank Scott for his tremendous effort and energy for the Guild. Scott has always been a fully committed member of the senior management team and has led a number of significant key initiatives for the organisation. He has developed excellent relationships with senior managers in the University and worked on delivering a number of extremely challenging projects of strategic and reputational importance to both the Guild and the University.

We wish Scott the very best of luck for the future and look forward to working with him in the future should the opportunity arise.

We are pleased to announce that James Lindsay, previously Head of Membership Services, has stepped up to a new role of Interim Director of Membership Engagement.

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