COMMITTEE 2020 - 2021

Our dedicated Committee is made up of a team of enthusiastic and hard working individuals from the University of Leeds. They are elected by our members at the end of the summer term and work throughout the year to continue the three main efforts of Homed; fundraising, volunteering and campaigning.

Jake Coote

President

Hi everyone! I'm Jake, a 2nd year Geography and Transport Student. I joined HOMED in 1st year as I was keen to give back to the local community and could see how prevalent homelessness was in Leeds. I served as Head Sandwich Run Coordinator, which was a really rewarding role as I got to meet new people from a variety of different backgrounds and first-hand about the experiences of those living on the streets. I am excited to take up this new role as President with Sarah, and I hope to do what I can to support the homeless during this challenging time. 

Shaun Ambrose

Treasurer

I am in my third-year at Leeds, studying civil engineering. I have been volunteering with Homed since first year. My interest in volunteering began when I would walk through the city centre each day going to uni and see the amount of people who have been left behind by society. Homed has allowed me to support a cause I am passionate about, just by giving up a few hours of my time each week. I am looking forward to building on the positive changes from previous committees as my role as the incoming treasurer.

Elisha Gallivan

Events Co-Coordinator

I am a medical student in my fifth year of studying at Leeds and this is my fourth year being involved in Homed. I first joined as a Bracken hostel coordinator and then became head Oakdale coordinator. Last year I acted as President of Homed and I loved being so involved in managing the team and watching Homed progress!

I grew up in Middle Eastern cities where homelessness is hardly publicly seen, so when I moved to Leeds the issue stood out to me and I was keen to get involved in helping the local community. Homed is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds and positively influence their day through simple acts of kindness such as making a meal with them. I loved getting more involved as part of the committee last year and can't wait to continue to watch Homed grow more this year as Events Coordinator. 

Jessica Clements

Head Sandwich Run Coordinator

Hi, I’m Jess, and I’m a third year student studying Social Policy. Volunteering with HOMED is a great way to give back to the community and to help those affected by poverty and homelessness. As one of the Head Sandwich Run Coordinators, I am eager to continue the excellent work that HOMED does to provide food for rough sleepers, and to encourage more volunteers to participate in this meaningful act.

Olivia Arnold

Helping Handbags coordinator

I’m Olivia and I’m a third year student, studying History. I have been involved with Homed since starting university, beginning as one of the hostel coordinators for Oakdale and then moving on to become one of the coordinators for Francis House last year. My experience within the society so far has been both rewarding and eye opening, as its interactive and personal nature allows you to witness the impact that a simple act of kindness has on other people. I really look forward to taking on the new role of Help in Handbags coordinator and hope to raise much needed awareness about the distressing impact period poverty has on female homelessness.

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Sarah Hignett

President

Hello, I'm Sarah, a fourth year medical student. I have been in HOMED for a while now, I have experienced both hostel visits and sandwich runs, and last year was secretary for the society. I am excited to bring all my past experience with this charity together and use it this year as co-president with Jake. This year we will work with the university to provide the best service we can whilst in keeping with COVID19 safety guidance, and hopefully we can still lend a helping hand to the homeless community during this uncertain time.

Jessica Norton

Secretary

I am in my final year at Leeds, studying Economics and Geography. I volunteered with Homed through my second year, and have just returned from my placement year in London where I volunteered with GlassDoor. I am really looking forward to being on the committee this year and to see the genuine difference Homed can make to people’s lives.

Nadia Vermeulen

Head Seacole Coordinator

I am studying Natural Sciences and began to be involved with Homed last year, when I was a coordinator for Seacole House. The society offers a chance for students to help people outside of the university sphere and I’ve enjoyed getting to know hostel residents and becoming more aware of youth homelessness. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the Seacole residents. 

Georgia Clark

Head Sandwich Run Coordinator

I'm Georgia, a final year Cultural and Media Studies student. I am the Head Sandwich Run co-ordinator this year. I have been a part of HOMED since first-year, mainly participating in sandwich runs. HOMED is a great society for someone eager to get involved with the community of Leeds and put aside their privileges as a student by helping those who are less fortunate. HOMED is also a great place to form friendships, boost your confidence and relax from the academic side of university life. I'm excited to be a part of the committee this year and to see how HOMED will evolve.

Nadia Vermulen

Helping handbags coordinator

I am studying Natural Sciences and began to be involved with Homed last year, when I was a coordinator for Seacole House. The society offers a chance for students to help people outside of the university sphere and I’ve enjoyed getting to know hostel residents and becoming more aware of youth homelessness. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with helping handbags.

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