Stephen Stanley, President
Hi there! I’m Stephen, the new President of TLSU. I’m from Stroud, Gloucestershire and I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BMus degree in 2019 before starting my MMus here in 2020.
My priorities for this year are to improve communication and collaboration between Trinity Laban’s faculties and departments, strengthen links with the local area, and to promote sustainability on all of our campuses. The core principles behind all my policies are:
S - Solidarity
T - Teamwork
E - Enthusiasm
V - Vision
E - Excellence
I intend to hold regular office hours (either online or in person, whichever you prefer) throughout the year, so that any student can drop in and have their say! You can also contact me using the button below.
Outside of TLSU, I play trombone and viola, enjoy reading novels, and often explore London with my trusty camera
Adri Garcia Pinilla, Vice-President of Dance
My name is Adriana García Pinilla and I am your Vice-President of dance. I am currently in my last year of the undergraduate dance course, and you can usually find me around the Laban building. Outside of dance, I am a bit of a geek and really like books. Recently I’ve really been into books about anatomy and physiology, although I struggle to make time to read them, as I always make myself very busy. I also love to busy myself roller-skating, knitting, and sewing. I am light-hearted, and very chatty, so if you see me around the building feel free to give me a smile or a wave, and come over to say Hello! And if you want to start a conversation with me, your best bet is talking about food, or cooking.
I am really excited to work with the rest of the team to make our education and experience worthwhile. This academic year I’d like to work on a number of things, these being: Reintroducing extra-curricular classes, and returning them to normality. I would like to encourage and promote clarity of information within TL. I will try to make the TLSU more prominent within the dance department, with a more approachable community. I would like to promote better awareness to student health, not just physical, but also hormonal health. Finally, I am passionate about creating more opportunities, maybe in the form of a platform, where music and dance students can come together and interact.
Having said all of this, if you have any ideas as to how I can help you, please bring it up for discussion. But, just to note, I am more susceptible to suggestions after I have had a coffee.
I use she/her pronouns
Niamh Carr, Vice-President of Events
I'm Niamh and I'm doing vocal studies in 3rd year. I'm so excited to be your VP of Events, and even more excited to bring you the events you love to see! I want to continue to create a fun, friendly and safe community at Trinity Laban, so you can enjoy the student experience outside your studies! And put on lush parties/events as well - I'm a Geordie so I promise your in safe hands. Please feel free to reach out if you see me around - if you want to propose an event, if you have any questions or if you just want a chat.
You can contact me on the button below.
Lets have some fun, Howay the lads, Niamh x
Ellie Daft, Vice-President of Welfare
Hiya I’m Ellie and I’m the Vice President of Welfare for TLSU.
I’m so excited to get stuck in and to start working with both staff and students to ensure everyone at TL feels safe, represented, included and supported. I can’t wait to meet a lot more of you in person and see all your lovely faces now that we’re allowed again! I hope that as an SU we can support and advocate for all of the students in our community, and also that we as students peers can support and stand up for members in our community who may be struggling.
Feel free to contact me about any questions you may have, but also say hi if you see me around campus or out and about!
Peter Fenech, Vice-President of Music
Hello there! I’m Peter, your Vice President of Music this year. I’m a masters student studying viola. You know, the big violin.
I’m honoured to have been elected your VP this year and I hope to meet as many of you as possible.
As your VP I promise to bring the voice of the music students to the forefront of Trinity Laban and make our concerns and suggestions heard by this fantastic institution. I look forward to helping you.
Here are a few goals I’m working towards:
This year I plan on maintaining the strong communications held between students and faculty, whilst amplifying our voice through the student union. I want to encourage more students to suggest repertoire for our performances. Finally I hope to engage all areas of Trinity Laban and peruse the ideas of collaboration between the dance, musical theatre and music faculties, to further achieve the TL ideology of being London’s creative conservatoire.
Benjamin Wakley, Undergrad Music Officer
Hello everyone, I’m Benjamin Wakley and I am your new undergraduate music officer. I am really excited to start this role and hope that I can work with the other members of TLSU to make your TL experience amazing. As your first undergraduate music officer, and owing to a very strange year with limited performance opportunities. I would love to help organise lots of performance opportunities to students that have missed out in this last year.
Anna Boehm, Undergrad Dance Officer
Hi, I’m Anna and I’m your Undergraduate Dance Officer this year! I’m a third year B.A contemporary dance student. Some of my goals this year include getting the dance students more involved in the SU to help create a more connected campus all across TL. I also want to make sure all students know about us and what the SU can offer! I hope to meet many more TL students this year and see many of you at our events! Feel free to reach out using the button below.
Euan Holwill, Societies Officer
Hey, my name is Euan, I’m a 3rd year trumpet student (apologies), and also your societies officer for the year. My job is to look after Trinity Laban’s societies, and make sure there’s some extra-curricular activities for everyone! Give me a shout if you have an idea for a society or a club and we can look into getting it set up!
Outside of TL, I am a passionate (obsessive) triathlete, cyclist and runner- if it’s an endurance sport I’ll give it a shot! I’m training for Ironman Wales in 2022, so if anyone needs a training partner hit me up!
Fen Lawrence, Disabled Students' Officer
Hi there, I'm Fen, I'm a 3rd year vocal student, and I'm your disabled students officer for this year! I've been fighting every day ableism and microaggressions at TL for a while now, so I thought it was about time we made it official.
My aim is for TL to be accessible to every student, and for TL life to be accessible too. (As we all know, the conservatoire experience doesnt begin and end at classes) I've been on the SU team for two years before this as the LGBTQ+ Officer, and I'm so excited to continue to be part of the team. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome as well as a few learning and mental health disorders, and as such I never want to see anyone with a disability struggle any more than they already are, due to completely fixable factors. I'm a passionate person and enjoy reading about social issues and learning new things. I'm chatty and always ready to listen, and can often be found knitting in the back of classes, or in the SU office, but please feel free to reach out to me directly via the link below
Fen - Trinity Laban LGBTQ+ Officer
I use all pronouns
Congling Wu, Diversity Officer
Hello! I'm Congling and I am this year's Diversity Officer.
By talking with as many students and staff as possible and using my own research, my aim is to make Trinity Laban a supportive, safe and fair place for all its students, in particular for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.
Hopefully 2021 will be the year we can get back out and meet each other! I hope to organise many diverse and fun events, and speak to staff about more academic inclusion and representation.
I'm here to study violin but that aside, I will listen to the weirdest combo of genres, I'm an avid reader, a big foodie and I love a gander in the park!
Hit me up if you have any questions, suggestions or just want a chat!
I use she/her pronouns
Hannah Littlechild, Postgrad Music Officer
I am your Postgraduate Music Officer this year, and I would like to welcome all PG students to Trinity Laban! I am a part-time student on the MA course, and I am a violinist (or trying to be…). Originally from Suffolk, I studied an undergraduate degree in Music at King’s College London.
I am here for any PG-related issues or queries, whether you have a question about your course, your teacher, your tuition fees, performance platforms, you want to suggest an improvement to the student experience or just want to talk about general life at TL. I am also always available to offer personal support and guidance if needed.
My aims this year include exploring the possibility of career-specific workshops, classes and networking events, looking into creating a PG space within KCC, and helping to organise regular informal peer performance opportunities. If there’s another improvement or change that you would like to see, please contact me! I would love to help in any way I can to make your student experience as positive as it can be.
Tash Hall, MT Officer
Hello, I’m Tash and I am your new Musical Theatre Officer! I am currently going into my third year on the Musical Theatre BA course, and I am excited to get to know all of you this year. I am determined to be the best spokesperson for the MT department and make sure that the student voice is always being represented in every meeting.
This year I am aiming to prioritise mental health awareness, prioritising Musical Theatre as a subject throughout the institution, and encouraging marketing to promote Musical Theatre success. I encourage everyone to join me at my new forum ‘Choc ‘n’ Chat’ (DTC) to discuss any worries, questions, suggestions or even if you just want to have a chat. There will also be free chocolate biscuits… but no one wants those, right?
You can contact me by clicking the button below, and please feel free to approach me if you see me around the building!
Jared Michaud, International Officer
Hi everyone! My name is Jared Michaud and I’m so excited to be this year’s International Officer. I grew up on the Canadian border in northern Maine, USA, where most of us grew up speaking French. I did my undergraduate degree at Yale University and then lived in Jerusalem before moving to London to pursue my MA in Music Education & Performance (Voice) at TL.
I’m so excited to serve in this role this year, as our international students face unique needs while also making the TL community incredibly vibrant. I aim to create resources and support networks for all of our international students, as I realize how difficult making the transition to London can be. I’m also making it my mission to celebrate our diversity more, embracing the various languages, foods, and cultures of our international students.
If you are an international student in need of some help or guidance, I am here for you! Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns or even if you’d just like to be more involved with our vibrant, diverse international community.
I can’t wait to meet you all!