Southampton Hub is a student-led group, passionate about tackling social issues and having a positive effect in the local community. Together, we have the power and potential to shape a better world.!

Staff Support Team

All committee members and volunteers will benefit from having two members staff to support you: the Southampton Hub Programmes Manager and Youth Projects Officer.

The Southampton Hub Manager is Sophie Ford. Sophie's job is to oversee the committee, lead the delivery of all volunteering projects excluding, work with our community partners, contribute to impact measurement and deliver core training and support to volunteers!

The Southampton Hub Youth Projects officer is Catherine Taplin-Thorpe. Catherine's job is to support project co-ordinators to deliver youth programmes to a high quality, communicate with community partners and support students to incubate new projects in Southampton.

If you ever want to find out more about what we're up to, whether to get insight into the roles, learn how you can support our work or simply find out more about us, get in touch.

The People Behind The Magic

Southampton Hub is made up of all you wonderful students doing volunteering, campaigning and running events - however, if you want to talk to someone directly about our activities, then these are the people you're looking for:

  • Sophie Ford - Hub Manager
  • Catherine Taplin-Thorpe - Youth Projects Officer
  • James Tait - Hub President
  • Arvin De Vera - Vice President
  • George Akinfe - Communications Officer
  • Holly Smeeton - Schools Plus Coordinator
  • Currently Vacant - Libraries Plus Coordinator
  • Tom Roberts - Branch Up Coordinator
  • Jordan Common - Empower Coordinator
  • Hans Dyckerhoff - Invent Plus Coordinator
  • Jack Williams - BioCycle Coordinator

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board ensures that Southampton Hub thrives as a result of being well embedded in the university and community environment. By bringing together individuals and organisations with varied perspectives and expertise, our Advisory Board helps the Southampton Hub to identify which activities to prioritise, as well as ensuring coordination of messaging and activities with other stakeholders. The Board meets 2-3 per academic year.

If you would like to get involved in the Advisory Board, contact Sophie Ford, Southampton Hub Manager at


Strategic Partner

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Strategic Partner

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