The JCR

Mu­ham­med Khan

President

Mu­ham­med Khan

he/him2nd year PhysNatSci

As JCR President, my primary role is to represent the interests of the student body to college. I chair JCR meetings where we discuss proposals made by you and try to find the best way to implement them. If you have any issues, big or small, come to me and I’ll try my best to help.


Alex Wallace

Vice President

Alex Wallace

he/him2nd year BioNatSci

As Vice President, my role is to assist the President and all JCR officers in pushing through proposals to implement student-led and student-orientated change. I am also responsible for administration, namely the agenda and minutes of JCR meetings.


Maisam Merali

Treasurer

Maisam Merali

he/him2nd year PhysNatSci

As JCR Treasurer, I’m in charge of making sure the JCR’s money is spent on the things that you want. I allocate each officer’s budget and frequently meet with the college bursar and accountant to ensure our finances are on track. If you have any suggestions on how to improve life in college or ways in which you think money could be spent better, don’t hesitate to contact me at jcr.treasurer@caths.cam.ac.uk!


Ben Norris

Academic Affairs Officer

Ben Norris

he/him1st year BioNatSci

As Academic Affairs Officer, I’m here to ensure that you have the right environment for your studies. I am here to present the student body’s views on our education to the staff of the college, to be in touch with the librarians to ensure the libraries are aptly stocked, and to help find information and advice regarding academic options you may consider during your time at Cambridge, such as intermission, changing Tripos, or how to manage studies in difficult personal circumstances.


Ashley Woodvine

Access Officer

Ashley Woodvine

she/her2nd year Philosophy

As Access officer, my aims are to support the interests of prospective and current students from underrepresented backgrounds. I promote university-wide access and outreach schemes, such as being a CAMbassador or a CambTweeter. I also work with CUSU to organise the Shadowing Scheme within Catz (where Year 12 students spend 3 days shadowing a current undergrad). I work alongside the SLO to provide school tours and run open days and events for targeted schools/areas.


Paul Gardner

Accommodation Officer

Paul Gardner

1st year Engineer

Hey. My name’s Paul, I’m a first year engineer, and I’m the accommodation officer for the JCR. In this role, I act as a point of contact between the student body and the college for matters related to your living experience. I’ll be your first port of call if you have specific requirements that aren’t being met, and any time you have an issue with accommodation that extends beyond maintenance. I represent your interests in rent negotiation with college, and organise the room ballot for second and third years. If there’s anything I can help you with, get in touch!


Nusrath Tapadar

BME Officer

Nusrath Tapadar

she/her1st year English

Hi! I’ll be the port of call for any BME students at Catz, my aim is to create a friendly network throughout all year groups that can provide support and advice. I hope to be continuing events like pizza nights and inter-collegiate mixers, as well as opening up more relevant debates and discussions at Catz. Of course, I am also here to provide a friendly face or an ear when needed, so please don’t hesitate to approach me with any BME related issues!


Nina Cisneros

Catering and Facilities Officer

Nina Cisneros

she/her1st year MML

Hey, I’m Nina and I’m a first year MML student. My role as Catering and Facilities officer includes doing my best to make sure the food and drink provided in hall and the bar meet your needs, so let me know if you have any suggestions or complaints. I’m also in charge of the airbed, which can be requested through the Google Form on the Catz Catering and Facilities Facebook page. You can find the dinner menu there each day too, so do give it a like!


Lukha Aggarwal

Charities Officer

Lukha Aggarwal

he/him1st year Economy

As charities officer, my main responsibility is to raise as much money as we can for various charities, as well as letting people know how they can get involved with charitable events within and beyond Cambridge. I run a Catz Charities Facebook page which has all the latest charity information on it, so stay up to date! If you have any fun new initiatives that would help raise money for charity, or a particular charity you would like to donate to, please do tell me!


Timo Wilken

Communications Officer

Timo Wilken

he/him2nd year PhysNatSci

Hey, I’m Timo! As the Communications Officer, I make sure everyone is informed of JCR activities and news by publishing bulletins and managing this website. I also act as an intermediary between you and the committee. If you have any questions or concerns for the JCR committee, or want to publicise something in a bulletin, do email me or send me a message on Facebook!


Kaia Nisser & Becky Eden

Ents Officers

Kaia Nisser & Becky Eden

she/her1st year HSPS & NatSci

As entertainment officers we organise termly bops as well as more casual events such as pizza or quiz nights in the bar. We also know a fair bit about going out to different nights around Cambridge and are always willing to talk. Most of all our job is to make sure the whole of Catz has fun, so if you have any ideas let us know!


Chloe Newbold

Ethical and Environmental Officer

Chloe Newbold

she/her1st year History and Politics

I’m Chloe, a first year History and Politics student. As Environmental and Ethical Officer, it’s my role to help reduce St. Catharines impact on the environment and promote ethical values at college. This is mainly through engaging with college staff to help St Catharines become more sustainable, and fostering student engagement via social media and collaboration with the Student Switch Off Campaign. If you have any concerns or ideas regarding anything related to the green impact of college then please do email me!


Sahil Baid

External Officer

Sahil Baid

he/him1st year NatSci

Hi, I’m Sahil, your external officer. It’s my responsibility to represent Catz interests at CUSU council and relay information back to the college. Please get in touch if you have any questions or anything you want me to bring up in meetings.


Beth Hermaszewska

Female First Year Representative

Beth Hermaszewska

she/her1st year HSPS

I’m Beth, the female First Year Representative. Our role is to be there for Freshers in any capacity during their first year, helping them to settle into Cambridge life and welcome them into the Catz community! We are putting together a wonderful Freshers’ Week to induct first years, introduce them to the excitements of uni life year and give them a positive start to their life here. Mainly we are here for anything freshers need – a chat, reassurance on new things they will experience here, comfort if they’re missing home, a friendly face around college. We look forward to meeting our new fresher year at the end of September!


Oliver Evans

Male First Year Representative

Oliver Evans

he/him1st year PhysNatSci

I’m Ollie, the male First Year Representative. This year I will be working alongside Beth to welcome the Freshers’ into the Catz community and to help them settle into life at Cambridge. We will be starting the term with a busy Freshers’ Week, which will be a great way to introduce the first years to the college and the university. After the first week, we are here to help the Freshers’ with anything they need and to help them ease into Uni life. We look forward to meeting our new fresher year at the end of September!


Zhiwan Rong

International Officer

Zhiwan Rong

she/her2nd year Land Economy

Hi! I’m Zhiwan, a second year landec and I’m your international officer. I focus on the welfare of international students. I run multiple international themed events and help to mitigate cultural shock and homesickness. I will be organizing international fresher’s week this coming September. The International Fresher’s Guide will provide useful information on living and studying at Catz 😄.


Megan Reidy

Mental Health and Disabilities Officer

Megan Reidy

she/her1st year English

Hey, I’m Meg! I’m here to represent Catz students with mental health issues or disabilities, and help them get access to any services or facilities they may need. I also help to organise mood-boosting welfare events (crafts, exercise classes, etc.) for everyone. I am always happy to chat to you about any issues you may have – please approach me any time and I hope to see you around college!


Lucy Purnell

Female Welfare Officer

Lucy Purnell

she/her2nd year PBS

Hi! I’m Lucy (she/her), a second year PBS student and I’m your Self-Identifying Female Welfare Rep! I can offer you guidance on anything you are facing to direct you to the best help. I also run Welfare Events throughout the term and can provide you with free sexual health supplies! The Welfare Guide that I have written has a lot of useful information.


Jake Mendel

Male Welfare Officer

Jake Mendel

he/him1st year PhysNatSci

I work with Lucy to look after your physical and emotional welfare. That means we can provide you with free sexual health supplies, and we also regularly run events to help if you’re struggling emotionally. We’re also people to come to if you’re having any issues in college and would like to speak to a student.


Freya Wooding

Sports and Societies Officer

Freya Wooding

she/her1st year English

Hi, I’m Freya and my role as your sports and societies officer involves making sure all of the sports and societies at Catz are accessible, well equipped and are able to run as smoothly as possible. Catz has so much to offer and it’s my job to make sure everyone can participate and enjoy life outside of work!


Susie Friedman

Women’s and NB Officer

Susie Friedman

she/her1st year HSPS

Hello! I’m Susie (she/her) and I’m the Women’s Officer – meaning that I am one of the first points of call for everything that comes under the umbrella of ‘women’s issues’. Women’s issues can range from feelings of exclusion along gender lines to practical issues such as sanitary products to more pressing issues like sexual assault and harassment. ‘Women’s issues’ is a limiting term as it is used, in this context, to apply to both Women and NB people at Catz. I will be organising events throughout term as well as pointing people towards women/nb events outside of Catz. (Please join our fb group – Catz Women and NB!). Don’t hesitate to contact me with any issues – all things brought up will remain confidential! I also have a wonderful selection of herbal teas for your perusal. xx


Connor Duffy & Frey Kalus

LGBTQ+ Officers

Connor Duffy & Frey Kalus

he/him or they/them (Connor) & they/them (Frey)2nd year Law (Connor) & German/Arabic (Frey)

My name is Frey (they/them) and I’m one of the JCR’s LGBT+ representatives for this year. Along with Con, I work with the JCR and the college governing body to try and make Catz a more welcoming place to be for LGBT+ students. At the moment, we are working on making the toilets in college gender neutral. As well as this, I organise social events for the college’s LGBT+ community, and am a point of contact for anyone who has any issues relating to gender and sexuality, or for any LGBT+ students in need of welfare support for any reason. I believe that everyone has the right to feel happy and safe where they live and work, and I hope to work with the other welfare and liberation officers to make everyone feel at home in college.