General Council

The following SCM members are currently on General Council.

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Alex Akhurst - Trustee and Media & Communications PortfolioAlex is very excited to be serving as a trustee for SCM from 2018. He's been Christian since the age of 10, when he became actively involved in his local Church of England parish; and it was around this time he also began his musical studies. Currently entering his third year of studying music at Durham University, Alex first encountered SCM through a church student group halfway through his first year, and since then the presence of this community in his life has been life-changing. In April 2018, he was elected president of Durham University Joint Anglican and Methodist Society (an SCM community) and was previously secretary for Durham University Ecumenical Christian Council.
 Emilia De Luca - Trustee and Access & Inclusion Rep Emilia is a trustee and General Council member, and has the Access and Inclusion portfolio. She is currently the youngest trustee, but is keen to take this in her stride and try to represent younger university students of SCM. In her second year of a motorsport engineering degree at Coventry University, Emilia is involved in her local Church of England church plant. Emilia was brought up in a Christian family, but her faith developed and deepened after attending her first Greenbelt festival in 2017 which is also where she discovered SCM just before starting university. Emilia is involved in the scouts (including travelling/volunteering abroad), has a passion for promoting STEM education and enjoys crocheting for charity. 
Feylyn Lewis - Trustee and BAME Students' Rep Feylyn is deeply honoured and excited to serve as a trustee and BAME students representative. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, USA, she came to England four years ago to do her PhD on young adult carers at the University of Birmingham. She now works at the University of Sussex as a research fellow. During her time in England, Feylyn actively participates in her local Anglican church and when growing up in America was a member of the Church of God in Christ, a historically African-American Pentecostal denomination. She loves seeing young people thrive and live abundant lives and hopes her role in SCM can further serve this mission.
Helena Ripley - Trustee and Campaigns PortfolioHelena is a trustee and also holds the campaigns portfolio on General Council. She is finishing up an MSc in Environment and Development at Lancaster University where she also gained a BSc in Environmental Science. While at Lancaster she has been involved in the life of the Chaplaincy centre, engaging in several student groups and regularly attending the Anglican and Free Church chapel services. Helena also enjoys going to Quaker meetings and learning about Quaker practice. She has volunteered with the Iona Community, completed internships in the development sector, both in the UK and overseas, and worked in catering. In her spare time she enjoys walking and swimming, especially in the Lake District, yoga, baking bread and cooking for friends.  
Tristan Marris - Trustee, LGBTQ+ Students' Rep and Convenor of General Council. Tristan is currently in his final year of a theology degree at Durham University, where he, along with Alex, is involved with the Joint Anglican-Methodist Society (JAMsoc for short). A cradle Anglican, Tristan first discovered affirming Anglo-Catholicism when he moved to uni, and hasn't really looked back! Away from all things church, Tristan enjoys good food, Netflix (he's currently on Gilmore Girls), and has a strong GIF game.

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