Committee

Leah Shepherd – Co-President (email her!)

Hi I’m Leah, a History and Philosophy student who loves anything FUN. I’m a big fan of Jesus and sharing His goodness on campus and am so privileged to be able to help others do this through my role on Committee. As the Co-President I work with Bethany to do a lot of behind the scenes stuff as well as looking after members of the CU and working with local churches. I would LOVE to meet you and chat more about what the CU does, so if you have any questions, or just like coffee dates then please contact me!

Bethany Cooper – Co-President (email her!)

Hello, I’m Bethany (some call me B Coops) a second year Primary Education student from Hertfordshire. A few things I love are: singing, sweet things and socialising. Here at CU we love sharing the good news of Jesus with people on campus. If you are new, just looking to find out more or have any questions, please drop me an email – I’d love to grab a coffee or invite you over for a fantastic hot chocolate!

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Abigail Knight – Secretary (email her!)

Hi, my name is Abigail and I study Geography. I’m also a fan of music, baking, camping, and my duvet! If you have any queries about CU, please do get in touch – I will happily answer your questions or point you to someone else who can!

Jack Gillan – Treasurer (email him!)

Hi, I’m Jack, a Mathematics with Computer Science student from Winchester! As well as maths and computers, I’m a big fan of most sports (currently loving football and it’s American counterpart) and music. On committee, it’s my job as treasurer to fund-raise for the CU and make sure that we have the ability to pay for all of the events we want to put on to help us spread Jesus on campus. If you want to contribute to us financially to help us put these events on then email me!

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Holly Findlay – International Coordinator (email her!)

Hello! I’m Holly, a (5ft 2 ½) psychology student from sunny Wales. If you are new to the UK, the Christian Union would love to welcome you to Reading or answer your questions. While you are here, we would also like to invite you to Small World Café; a free event we host every Friday where international students can relax, get to know British students, and have the opportunity to hear about Jesus.

Email me if you would like to find out more or get involved.

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Joe Pavey – Worship Coordinator (email him!)

Hi I’m Joe! I’m a boy from Bristol, I love Jesus, as well as music, bikes and English Language. Here at Reading CU I coordinate worship, so I organise rotas for musicians in weekly meetings, lead the worship team and generally pretend to know whats going on in the music side of things! I’m passionate about seeing people connected to Jesus through worship, and try to facilitate an environment where we can meet and spend time with Him!

If you’d like to know more about worship in general, what it looks like at CU, how you can get involved, or anything else music related, I’d love to chat! Get in touch by sending me an email.

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Nicole Hitchcock – Small Group Coordinator (email her!)

Hello! I’m Nicole! I love Jesus, History and the sea! (Especially the seaside of Britain’s Ocean City) I’m bad at directions, and you’ll usually find me talking, laughing or eating. As part of the CU, I help to run Small Groups! Small Groups run every Monday and Tuesday, and give you the chance to study the Bible and hear more about Jesus in an intimate setting! Small groups are welcome to everyone, whether you are a First Year, or a Post-Grad, we would LOVE to have you as part of our community!

Email me if you would like to hear more about Small Group and I can put you in touch with our wonderful leaders!

Emma Noss – Prayer Coordinator (email her!)

Hi, I’m Emma and I study Geography and Economics. As part of my role I take care of the prayer and welfare within CU – whether that’s cooking up porridge in prayer breakfast or meeting up with fella’s, I’m in awe of the power and importance of prayer. If you’re new to Reading and would love a friendly face, or fancy a prayer buddy (sorry for the cringe) chuck me an email! Really looking forward to meeting you!

Becca Shaw – Follow-Up Coordinator (email her!)

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I’m Becca and I’m a psychology (with placement) student! I love meeting new people, having real conversations, and getting to know people’s stories, and this is part of my role on committee. My team and I host a follow-up course for students who don’t know Jesus, and want to know more. The course is super welcoming, includes a FREE two-course meal, allows for conversation about the big questions in life, and is a really great way to meet new people. As Christians we were all, one way or another, given the chance to ask questions, read the Bible, and eventually know Jesus, and we want to offer the same thing to all students here at university!

Please email me if you would like to know more about the follow-up course or have any other questions, I’d love to chat!

Hannah Cottington – Events Coordinator (email her!)

Hello there 👋🏻

I’m Hannah and I study art and psychology. Han is my name and events is my game. In my role as well as working alongside thousands of Fairylights, I help organise events that the CU put on throughout the year! If you have any questions about any of the CU Events and why we run them, please feel free to holla me an email!

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Peter Harris – UCCF Staff Worker (email him!)

Peter is the UCCF staff worker for the University of Reading, University of Surrey in Guildford and The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in the South East Region.

Peter studied music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff for 4 years, where he first got involved with the work of his local Christian union. It was here that his faith was sharpened and his eyes opened to the unique opportunity CUs have on campus.

After graduating, Peter got involved in student politics; elected as Students’ Union president at the Royal Welsh for two years and is the Chair of the national umbrella group; Conservatoire’s UK Student Network, which represents the top 18 arts institutions in the UK.

When Peter is not working with students, he enjoys freelance work as a musician, reading books by Tim Keller, discovering new artists and supporting Wales in Rugby.