Adele Rosa Benson

I have a wide range of experience that would suit me well to be a trustee with an interest in fundraising at Toucan diversity.

I currently serve as a student trustee at the University of Portsmouth Student Union. As part of this role I have had to be adaptable and accountable, as a result, I have ensured that I educate myself before making decisions and taking on board all training in a positive manner in order to fulfill my role to the highest of my capabilities. Often my commitments demand that I remain professional, which will be completely transferred into any roles I adopt. Through my previous role as the Vice President at the Rotaract Club of Portsmouth and Southsea,  I was involved in the liaising between Rotary and Rotaract clubs, as well as the fundraising and arrangement of certain activities within the club. This will serve me well in a fundraising position as my role featured a range of fundraising opportunities. This ranged from appealing to Rotary clubs for financial contributions to bucket fundraising in the Cascades.

In my role as a student ambassador and hub leader with Foodcycle I was responsible for the engagement of the student population and the on-the-day organisation of Foodcycle evenings and the teams in both the kitchen and the serving and presentation of the evening. A relevant part of my role as a student ambassador has been the use of persuasive writing, I have written several press releases and role descriptions in order to attract students to the organisation.

My degree is relevant to this role due to a wide array of writing and analysis that I conduct as well as constructing my own independent arguments and opinions.

Originally from Newport Pagnell, I moved to Portsmouth in 2016 to start my degree in International Relations. Personally, I am passionate about doing my bit to make the world a better place, swimming, and dogs.


I have had various positions in the third sector. I have previously been an ambassador for Save the Children, a TEFL teacher in South Africa, a Student Ambassador for Foodcycle.


I am very passionate about empowering people to have their voices heard, which is what initially drew me to Toucan Diversity. I founded the University of Portsmouth Politics and International Relations Model United Nations in order for students to hone their debating skills and empower them to use their voices for good elsewhere.

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