Executive Committee


These 10 individuals are elected officials of the JCR and their role within the JCR is to ensure that the 2017/18 academic year is the best Stevo have ever had. In addition to the 10 elected officials, this year we also have our Transition Officer who is employed by the college to oversee affairs in Durham as we operate, for the first time, as a split site college. They really are the people you should seek to if you have any queries about the running of the JCR and how you, as stakeholders, can really get as much as you can out of college life. So, without further ado let me introduce you to this year’s ‘Exec’.

President – Joseph Hardaker

Hey! I am Joe and I am honoured to be your JCR President for this coming year. I graduated in June with a degree in Primary Education. During my time at Stephenson I have been a Welfare Rep and Welfare Officer, played football and pool and even worked as the bar supervisor. But after all that I’m still not finished! Instead, I’m remaining for another year as a sabbatical officer to make sure you enjoy your time here just as much as I have.

The JCR organises activities such as sports, societies and events to help ensure you enjoy university as much as you possibly can. It is my responsibility to ensure all of these are exactly how you want them to be whilst ensuring that your welfare remains our top priority! I really look forward to making sure that your opinions are passed to, and heard by, the college and that as stakeholders in the college and university, you are given your say. My office is located in Stevo Central and I’m always thankful for visitors so drop by if you ever have any questions.

 I can’t wait to meet you, or see you again, soon. Holla at me if you have any questions!

Pres Love x

Contact details:

Email –  stephenson.jcr@durham.ac.uk

Phone – 01913349380

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Treasurer & Operations Manager / Alumni Relations Assistant (TrOps) – Ailish Carroll

I’m Ailish and I’m your TrOps (Treasurer and Operations Manager) for the year. I’m in charge of the JCR finances, the bar, your formal dinners and just generally making sure this year is the best ever for Stevo!

I graduated in June but I wasn’t ready to leave so I’m sticking around for another year in this sabbatical role to be part of the Stevo community for another year! As cliché as this sounds, university has been the best three years of my life because it’s so easy to get involved at Stevo. During my time here, I’ve taken on roles such as Welfare Rep and Vice President, and, despite being useless at sports, I have even taken part in rowing, dance, hockey and rounders.

As I’ve emphasised, Stevo is just THE BEST environment but if there’s anything that you think can be improved, anything that’s bothering you or any ideas you might have, please feel free to just message me or come and ask me! Most of the time I’ll be in mine and Joe’s office or just milling around central because I absolutely love the place!

See you all soon!

Ailish xxx

Contact details:

Email – stephenson.jcr-trops@durham.ac.uk

Phone – 01913349381

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JCR Transition Officer – Craig Young

Hey guys, I’m Craig and I’ll be your Transition Officer next year. It’s a new position in the College this year so let me explain all. With the relocation in its initial stages, the operations for both College and the JCR are slightly altered. Therefore, it’s my role to ensure that you guys get the same student experience and opportunities that Stevo Rangers before you have had. More specifically I will be a point of contact on a day-to-day basis for anyone living in Durham City, responsible for organising events in Durham and I will be lending a hand to Joe, Ailish and the rest of our awesome Exec committee. See you around!

Contact details:

Email – c.a.m.young@durham.ac.uk

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Ball Chair – Emma Whitfield

Hey guys! I’m Emma, a second-year Primary Education student and I have the privilege of being your Ball Chair for the next year. It is my responsibility to plan both the Summer and Winter Balls for Stevo. I want you to enjoy these two events as much as I did in my first year so if you have any ideas or want to get involved, let me know! I will be hosting Ball Committee every few weeks for people to share their thoughts and ideas; feel free to come along to help us host the best events Durham has ever seen! If you have any questions no matter how trivial or just want a chat you will probably find me in Central. Can’t wait to meet you guys soon! Ball chair love x

Contact details:

Email – stephenson.jcr-ball@durham.ac.uk

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Chair – Deniz Taylor

Hi Rangers! My name is Deniz and I will be the Chairman of your Junior Common Room (JCR) this year! My main responsibility is hosting JCR Meetings throughout the year where we discuss important topics affecting you as students. They’re eventful so make sure you always attend. I strive to ensure the opinions of all students are heard and voiced to Executive Committee so we can continue improving our wonderful College. I am SO excited to welcome you into our community. If you have any questions, you can usually find me around central – See you all soon !!

Contact details:

Email – stephenson.jcr-chair@durham.ac.uk

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Communications Officer – Dillon D Souza

Hey guys, I’m Dillon D Souza, a second year Finance student and your Communications Officer. This means I’m going to be around a lot both on the website and social media pages as well as around central in general to help with whatever information you need. I’ll also be running the Stephenson Instagram and Snapchat accounts as well as looking after the photo wall in central. If you have any questions about the college or need anything, feel free to get in touch and I can try to sort your query or will pass you onto someone who can. Cant wait to see you all soon!

Contact details:

Email – stephenson.jcr-communications@durham.ac.uk

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Events Director – Rhys Radford

Hi everyone! My name is Rhys and I am your Events Director for this year! This is so generic, but I really love Stevo. For me, Stevo is one of the greatest places on the planet because we are such a huge family and everyone here genuinely wants you to have an amazing time. As Events Director I will be here to plan most of the events this year. From Induction Week to Refreshers Week and Stevo on Tour to day trips I’ll be here for all your events needs! I’ll also be leading Events Committee with my wonderful assistant Gabi. Feel free to come along to Events comm and let me know where you want to go or what you want to do! Looking forward to putting on some first class events for you next year! Events love! x

 Contact details:

Email – stephenson.jcr-events@durham.ac.uk

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Sports and Societies Officer – Iona Jervis

 Hey guys, my name is Iona and I am your Sports and Societies officer. My job, as it says on the tin, is to organise all your sports and societies. Sports and societies are one of the main ways you get to know new people so I would encourage you to throw yourself into anything that you find interesting, even if you haven’t tried it before! If you need any information about anything then holla at me. Another part of my role is working with Joe and Ails to sort team stash and Stevo stash which is for everyone who is a part of Stevo! If you have any ideas, suggestions or questions then come along to sports and societies committee and let me know what you think. Everyone is welcome!

Contact details:

Email: stephenson.jcr-societies@durham.ac.uk

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Vice President – Valerie Beeston

Heya rangers! I’m Valerie – a 3rd year psychology student and JCR Vice President. I’m from New Zealand and I am absolutely obsessed with Lorde. My favourite colour is orange and my favourite sweets are squashies. My role basically involves organizing informational guest speakers such as ‘Day in the life of (DITLO)’ events as well as overseeing the Non-Executive Committee. In the unfortunate case that a position in the JCR is vacant I take over that role until the position is filled. However, most importantly I’m the person you should talk to if you want to rent one of our fabulous JCR bikes!

Contact details:

Email – stephenson.jcr-vicepresident@durham.ac.uk

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Welfare Officer – Molly Bennett

Hi Rangers, I’m Molly and I’ll be your Welfare Officer for this year! My role is basically looking out for you all, making sure that whilst you make the most of your year you also take care of yourself. I hope you’ll have the time of your life here and myself, along with the welfare team – the lovely folk dressed in neon yellow and my assistants Louise and Finn – are here to assist your welfare needs in any way we can. Come and see us around central, in our campaign week events or at Kit Kat Chit Chat for anything and everything. College life is amazing but it can be a bit overwhelming at times; just know that we are here if you need us. Welfare love.

Contact details:

Email – stephenson.jcr-welfare@durham.ac.uk

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International Officer  – Cemre Isikli


Hello Stevo! My name is Cemre and I will be your International Officer this year. I aim to make sure everyone feels welcomed and I hope that I can help you to have an amazing year! My duties include organising international nights which celebrate and experience some of the cultures of our members. My main goal is to make everyone feel included and welcome so if you have any ideas on how to improve the way we share and appreciate our cultures together I would love to hear them! Alternatively, if you just feel like you need someone to talk to I’m always on hand to give you some Stevo Love!

Contact details:

Email – stephephenson-jcr.international@durham.ac.uk