Meet the team

Description of the Hall Management

Sam Hollex (General Manager)

  • Sam has run student accommodation both in the UK and in New Zealand, where she lived and worked for a year. Before working in student accommodation she worked in the House of Commons for an MP after completing a degree in Politics. Sam loves to read and walk her fox terrier puppy Rearden.

Kayleigh Newton (Deputy General Manager)

  • Kayleigh has worked in facilities management since leaving school in 2006 and enjoys the student accommodation sector the most for the variety it brings. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, music concerts and travelling the world.

Description of Warden

The Wardenial Team is comprised of The Warden, Vice-Warden and fifteen Senior Members, all of whom live in Garden Halls.
The Warden (Kleoniki ‘Kleo’ Kourmpi) is an employee of the University of London and is responsible for all pastoral care, welfare and discipline in the Hall – providing support to all residents for pastoral care, discipline, community & social life. She was previously a senior member at International Hall for three years. She is currently studying for a PhD in Psychology, having studied Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Athens and KCL. Kleo, has worked and lived in Athens, Greece before coming to London to study. There she worked in charities helping young children and teenagers. She also worked in several election campaigns as an assistant campaign director. She is available in Hall on a regular basis and can normally arrange an appointment within 48 hours of receiving a request by email. You can also attend one of her scheduled open office sessions without an appointment.
Pip Swallow is Vice-warden and currently is studying for a Theatre PhD at Goldsmiths, having trained professionally as an actor at ALRA as well as studying English and Theatre and Performance at KCL. She was born in Belfast, has lived in the Los Angeles, Berlin and Spalding in Lincolnshire. She's on hand for any pastoral/welfare issues or to just to have a chat on Sundays or get in touch with her to make a separate appointment.

Description of Senior Members

Assisting the Warden are a team of fifteen Senior Members, who are full-time students (usually postgraduate or senior medical students) at one of the 19 constituent colleges and institutes of the University of London.  The Senior Members work on a rota basis, with one being ‘on duty’ every weekday evening (18:00 – 08:00) and every weekend (08:00 – 08:00), and are the first point of contact for any welfare/pastoral issue or disciplinary issue/complaint.  More often than not, the Duty Senior Member will be in a position to deal with the issue at hand immediately, but where necessary, will contact the Warden directly for issues that require further intervention and/or escalation.  All Senior Members undergo intensive training at the start of each academic year in areas such as First Aid, Mental Health Awareness, Drug Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Equality and Diversity, and LGBT Awareness.