The SUBU Leadership Awards wouldn't be possible without a group of great trainers. Get to know our trainers with the short profiles below.


Sophie Nott, Training Coordinator, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Sophie has worked in SUBU for over 6 years and currently delivers and organises training for Student Leaders and also runs the SUBU Leadership Awards which has around 20 workshops designed to help develop students gain transferrable skills to use at University and in the working world. She has a passion for training students and enabling them to stand out from the crowd and learn new skills to be the best that they can be. 



Gillie Lewis, Community Partnerships Manager, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Gillie has worked for SUBU in the area of Representation and helped to train thousands of reps over the years. She is now heading up our Community Team including Volunteering and Green Task Force. She is passionate about the environment, and keen to get students thinking creatively about ways in which they can save the planet every day!




Jen Caldwell, Clubs & Societies Coordinator, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Jen has worked at SUBU since June 2014. She has worked in Representation as Training Officer and now looks after Clubs and Societies as Coordinator. Previous to this she worked for many years in an Education and Business background. She loves helping Students realise their potential and helping to prepare themselves positively for the future.




Sophie Bradfield, Democracy & Campaigns Coordinator, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Sophie supports students to run numerous campaigns and draws experience from organisations where she was involved in running and supporting campaigns and projects to drive change in a range of different areas. The organisations include: Student Hubs, Impact Hub Westminster, Interact, UK Youth Parliament and CYB.




Neil Gallivan, Advice Worker, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Neil joined SUBU in April 2015 as a member of the SUBU Advice Team and provides advice and guidance to students on a diverse range of matters including housing, personal, financial and academic issues. Prior to this role, Neil worked exclusively with Care Leavers for a Local Authority which led him to gain experience working alongside a broad range of young people in variety of settings. Preceding this, Neil worked as an Assistant Team Manager in a Further Education setting alongside young people with a range of Autistic Spectral Disorders and Asperger Syndrome.



Alison Armstrong, Careers Advisor, Bournemouth University

After graduating from Manchester University Alison spent time working in publishing and TV.  Keen to travel she found work in an NGO in Costa Rica and later moved into Events Fundraising at HelpAge and Barnardo’s in the UK.  Her career as a Careers Adviser began over 10 years ago working at University College London and Kings College London where she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Careers Guidance at the University of East London.  She has spent the last few years living in Argentina working as a TEFL Teacher and Educational Consultant.  She joins the Careers and Employability team from Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires where she advised students and co-ordinated International exchange programmes.


Penny Ballyntyne, Careers Advisor, Bournemouth University

Penny graduated from BU in 2003 and has had several roles including retail merchandising and office management.  She started working at the University of Hertfordshire in 2008 and after running the engineering placements office, took a year out to complete my PG Diploma in Careers Guidance at UWE in 2012.  Penny has worked as a Careers Adviser for Hertfordshire, Southampton and now BU.




Adrian Cuthbert, Careers Advisor, Bournemouth University

Adrian works closely with the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. He holds a BA (Hons) Business and Management degree from the University of Exeter Business School. Adrian worked locally with the Connexions service and has experience in the charity and social enterprise sector in Dorset. His training experience includes Teaching English as a Foreign language and as a Social Enterprise Tutor focusing on business planning and fundraising.
Adrian joined Bournemouth University in 2013 in the askBU team providing general information, advice and guidance before transitioning to the Careers & Employability Team in 2015.

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