Samantha Budd

ICA18 Shortlisted Nominee.

Diversity Champion Award for Education Sector

Samantha Budd is the inspirational and respected Chief Executive of Bristol Students’ Union. She is the first black female Chief Executive in any Students’ Union in the UK and was recognised by the student movement with the 2018 Simpson King Staff Achievement Award. Samantha has over 30 years of senior experience within the recruitment, training and education sectors. She has held several non-executive and trustee roles including most recently: membership of strategic advisory committees for the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE); trustee of NUS Charitable Services: board member of NUS Poverty Commission. Samantha has led the transformation of one of the oldest and largest Students’ Unions in the country from an organisation that was failing to one that is thriving – shaping a successful organisation that puts Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity in front and centre in everything it does.


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