Meet your Sabbatical Officer team for 2018/19

Find out more about your elected officers.

President, Violet Karapaseva

As President, Violet leads the Sabbatical Team. She assumes ultimate responsibility for the work of the Union and in creating a positive impact for all Portsmouth students.

Violet is in the process of doing her masters in LLM Corporate Governance and Law ICSA/Grad. She is originally from Ruse in Bulgaria but moved to Nottingham at a young age. 

She is passionate about law and enjoys socialising in her spare time, as well as making new friends and connections.

In her year as President, Violet would like to have a positive impact on students at the University of Portsmouth. In particular she is looking forward to creating change and seeing the outcomes of projects she plans to work on over the year. 

Fun fact about Violet: Violet trained in karate for five years! 

VP Education and Democracy, George Pykov

As VP Education & Democracy, George represents the academic needs of all students at high-level University meetings. He also works to ensure the Union and Sabbatical Officers are democratic and student-led in their decisions.

George is a Law graduate. He is originally from Sofia in Bulgaria but moved to the UK at a young age, he did most of his growing up in the city of Bristol. 

His interests are in event organising and and handling communications for organisations. In his spare time, George enjoys a game of FIFA or heads outside for a game of basketball.

In his year as a Sabb, George is most looking forward to:

  • Representing students to the University and dealing with academic issues.
  • Putting forward plans around offering high profile extra-curricular activities for students that will be open for anyone to attend.
  • Implementing ideas to ensure that the Union remains fresh and competitive. 

Fun fact about George: George used to DJ in his spare time, hosting club nights in his home town and in Portsmouth! 

VP Welfare and Community, Sophie Butler

As VP Welfare & Community, Sophie supports student welfare by raising awareness of support services whilst working with the University on issues affecting student wellbeing. Sophie also supports volunteering projects whilst helping to build relationships between students and the local community.

Sophie is a Criminology with Psychology graduate, originally from Swindon. She loves to travel and has visited places as far afield as the Asia and the America's, Sophie even took a year out and studied abroad in Canada. 

She is a part of Dodgeball at University and has made life long friends through getting involved with the society.

In her year as a Sabb, Sophie is most looking forward to:

  • Learning about the role.
  • Going from being a student to helping students. 
  • Training aspects the Union offers and her confidence growing.

Fun fact about Sophie: Sophie lived in New Westminster, Canada, B.C. for her placement year where she undertook police training and supported a doggy day care centre.

VP Activities, Moises Frias

About the role of VP Activities: As VP Activities, Moises supports Union Societies, RAG and Student Media. He encourages other students to get involved, signup and start new groups. Moises also helps student-led groups to develop key skills, run events and achieve national recognition

Moises is currently studying a Finance and Economics Masters and is originally from The Dominican Republic. 

As a Sabb, Moises is most looking forward to promoting more than just the academic side of life at University and introducing a community feel to Activities at Portsmouth. 

Fun fact about Moises: Moises studied his undergraduate degree in America before coming to study at Portsmouth. 

VP Sports, Charlotte Beaney 

About the role of VP Sports: In the role of VP Sports, Charlotte will be supporting the development of sports clubs and recreational activities at the Union and encouraging student engagement. Charlotte’s role involves representing the student voice on sporting issues both locally and nationally.

Charlotte studied Sport and Exercise Science and is originally from Surrey. She loves to throw herself into all things challenging. Prior to university, Charlotte was a Maths and English tutor for children aged 4-16 years, a tennis coach and helped out in the Cubs and Scouts association. 

Fun fact about Charlotte: Charlotte's work with the Cubs and Scouts gave her the chance to travel and volunteer in Japan.

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