The Executive

The NaSTA Executive consists of seven elected members. They have considerable experience in student media and represent Student television to the industry, sponsors and the NUS, offering their expertise on a variety of subjects such as Student union-relations, management, technical support and marketing advice.

The NaSTA executive has existed since the 2009/10 academic year since then the roles have evolved and transformed to become more focused on networking and support to the rest of NaSTA, each specialising in their own field.

Each member of the of the exec is elected by popular vote of all the affiliated stations at the NaSTA conference. Each vote is over seen by the returning officer and the results are announced at the NaSTA awards ceremony.

The Team

Chris Osborn


Chris has been involved with student TV for over 9 years and is completing his PhD at Lancaster University. He has been an active member of LA1:TV for his whole time at university, serving as Station Manager, Live Event Coordinator and Treasure. He was also Host Officer for FreshersTV in 2013 and Deputy Host Officer for the NaSTA Conference jointly hosted in Preston in 2015. This is his second year on the NaSTA Exec, having been Development Officer last year. He works as a Vision Engineer for the UKs largest independent Outside Broadcast company.

Avneet Chauhan

Industry Liaison

Avneet began in Student TV in 2013, when helping start up Scratch TV at Birmingham City University. After graduating, Avneet took on the role of NaSTA Chair from 2016 to 2017, and is now Industry Liaison Officer in the Executive Team, hoping to extend partners and sponsors for the organisation, and Conference and Awards. Outside NaSTA, Avneet is working as a Production Secretary within Television.

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Christian Mesmar

Training Officer

Christian graduated with a Masters in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Portsmouth where he became involved with UPSU TV throughout his studies and held the positions of ‘Head of Live and Technical’ and ‘Station Manager’. As Training Officer, Christian looks forward to bringing many opportunities for stations to attend worthwhile sessions/workshops and collaborate on projects. Christian will also be liaising heavily with the Regional Development Officers to ensure the promotion of activities to all areas and to gather the needs of stations. Outside of NaSTA, Christian is currently working in broadcast automation systems as a Technical Training Engineer.

Dan Leedham

Technical Officer

Dan has been involved with all aspects of student media and student politics. He was a member LSUTV for the 5 years while he studied Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University, spending a year as Station Manager. He now works making television in Westminster.

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Alex Smith

Communications Officer

Alex has been involved in all aspects of student television over the last couple of years, previously holding the roles of News Executive and Station Manager at SUSUtv. This year he shall be looking to improve the way in which NaSTA communicates with you; including implementing a variety of social media platforms as well as hopefully bringing back officer vlogs.

Away from NaSTA, Alex will begin studying MA Broadcast Journalism at City, University of London in September 2017.

Haaris Qureshi

Haaris Qureshi


Haaris is a MComp Computer Science student from Newcastle University, where he was the Head of Production for NUTV in from 2016 to 2017. Whilst at the station, he leaded the efforts into building the station from a couple of students into the foundations of a full student TV production studio, efforts which gained won him NUSU’s prize for Outstanding Contribution to Student TV, and the runner up for the University’s prize for Outstanding Contributions to Student Media.

Drawing from experience of being on several committees and executive boards, Haaris was appointed NaSTA’s Deputy Returning Officer, helping to co-write the new constitutional and policy documents that would allow NaSTA to apply to register as a charity. Haaris was then subsequently elected to the role of Secretary, following the dissolution of the role of Deputy Returning Officer.