Our Staff

The Union employs approximately 110 career staff and a further 300 student workers to manage its day-to-day activities. We employ everyone from accountants (Finance), solicitors (Student Advice), to plumbers (Facilities) chefs (Venues), hairdressers (Retail) and letting agents (Cardiff Student Letting). Our staff are led by our Chief Executive and a broader Strategic Management Team.

Senior Staff

Daniel Palmer 

Chief Executive

Daniel became Chief Executive of the Students' Union in June 2013. Daniel is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, oversees the work of the other senior managers and works closely with the Students' Union President and the other sabbatical officers.

Daniel helps ensure continuity within the organisation, works closely with senior staff from the University and takes a particular responsibility for the Students' Union’s Finance Team. Daniel serves as the Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Union’s trading company, Cardiff Union Services Limited and reports to the Board of Trustees.

Prior to his role at the Students' Union, Daniel has held many senior roles within other students’ unions, most recently as Chief Executive of the University of Portsmouth Students' Union.

Ben Eagle 

Deputy Chief Executive

Ben first started working for the Students' Union in November 2002, whilst studying at Cardiff University. After some time working as a freelancer, predominantly in the outdoor and live music event industry, Ben then took up a permanent position in the Students’ Union's Events and Entertainments department. Later in his career he moved into Facilities and Project Management, and became Director of Operations in March 2014.

In 2016, Ben was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive and leads on many of the central and enabling services as well as our commercial provision. These areas include HR, ICT, Facilities Management, Health and Safety, Marketing and Communications, Capital Projects, Customer Services, Leased spaces, Licensed and Multipurpose Venues, Letting Agency and our Sales Department.

Steve Wilford 

Director of Engagement & Participation

Steve has worked for the Students' Union since April 2008, becoming the Director of Membership Services in September 2013. Steve is responsible for the Union’s Membership Services and student activities, including Student Advice, Sport, Societies, Volunteering, Student Media, Jobshop, Training & Development and Student Voice.

Steve is also the senior manager responsible for coordinating the Union’s democratic activities including elections and administration of Student Senate. In Summer 2017 Steve's job title changed to Director of Engagement & Participation, to better reflect the language used within the organisation.

Raechel Mattey

Director of Communications 

Raechel joined the Students' Union in June 2018 and is responsible for developing brand awareness and enhancing communication capabilities in line with strategic objectives.

Prior to this role, Raechel has held a number of roles in Students’ Unions and the National Union of Students, most recently as Deputy CEO at Middlesex University Students’ Union.

Raechel oversees Marketing and Communications, Sales and Customer Service, and Web and Data protection functions of the organisation.

Christine Akers

Director of Finance

Christine has worked for the Union since January 2016. Christine is a Chartered Management Accountant and Cardiff University graduate. Christine is responsible for the Union’s finance function.

Full department list and contact details can be found here.