Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the management and administration of the Students' Union.  The Trustees on the Board are legally and financially responsible for the Students’ Union and its activities. The Board ensures that the Students’ Union remains legally compliant, financially stable and has robust future planning. The Board in conjunction with the Union's senior staff team also set the strategic goals for the organisation.  You can find out more information about the Board and its make up below.

Board Make up

The Board of Trustees has 12 members:

  • 4 External Trustees who are appointed via the appointments committee. External Trustees can sit on the board for a single term for a maximum of four years.
  • 4 Student Trustees who are appointed by the appointments committee. Student Trustees must be current students at UWS and can sit on the Board for a year. They can do this for a maximum of two consecutive terms.
  • 4 Sabbatical Officers, who are elected by the student body in a cross campus election. You can find out more information regarding the sabbatical officers by clicking here. Sabbatical officers sit on the Board for the duration of their terms in office. They can stand for a maximum of two terms.
  • The Sabbatical Officer who is elected as the Senior Student Representative also becomes the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Click here to view the job description for this role.

Sub Committees

Information about the Union's sub committees is coming soon. 

Current Trustees


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Ellie Gomersall - President & Chair of the Board

Hi! My name is Ellie, and I’m your President for 2021-22. Before I started as President, I was in my third year of studying Physics with Education at both Paisley and Ayr campuses.

I live in Glasgow with my bearded dragon, two snakes and two gerbils, who are definitely the best flatmates I could wish for!

I’m a keen political activist and campaigner, particularly on social justice and equality issues. During my time at UWS I’ve been LGBT+ and Women’s Officer, and I also sit on the Board of Trustees for a leading Scottish equalities charity.

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Kevin Miguim - Vice-President Education

I am Kevin, an international student from Cameroon, and you can speak to me in English or French. I study a Doctor of Business Administration course at our London Campus, where I also earned my MBA. So yes, I have been at UWS for 4 years now.

My mates would describe me as a cheerful, approachable and playful guy. A few students have nicknamed me 'Uncle'; ask me why when you meet me.

Coming to University was very daunting as I was the first in my family to study abroad. However, getting involved at Uni and making new friends helped me feel at home. I want to be your friend, so don't hesitate to say hello and connect with me on social media.

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Claire Morris - Vice-President Student Development

My name is Claire Morris and I will be your new Vice-President for Student Development for the 2021/2022 academic year. I am a Scottish lassie born in Glasgow but raised in Port Elizabeth (South Africa) before returning to my roots in 2007.

I obtained my Honours Degree in Childhood Studies in 2020 and progressed to complete a master’s Conversion Course in Psychology at the UWS Paisley Campus.

After a background working for over 20 years in finance, I decided to do a career change (after redundancy) in 2017 and retrain as an Early Years Nursery Practitioner.

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Luke Humberstone - Vice-President Welfare and Wellbeing

Hi, I’m Luke, I was a third year Business student based on Paisley campus. I’ve been involved in student representation in one way or another since 2013, and before that I was a local community representative in the Highlands which is where I’m from.


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Roddy Williamson - External Trustee & Deputy Chair of the Board

Professor Roddy Williamson is a retired Neuroscientist who has held academic posts in Germany, Switzerland, USA, Japan and the UK.   As a senior academic, he was Dean of Science and subsequently Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, before joining the University of the West of Scotland as Executive Dean and later Vice Principal. He has served on National Committees, Research Council Panels, Professional Bodies, and as Trustee for both charitable and not-for-profit organisations. Roddy hails from Ayrshire and is married with 4 children.

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Yusuf Qureshi - External Trustee

Hi, my name’s Yusuf and I’m one of the External Trustees that sits on the Union Board. I’m currently enrolled in an Accelerated law degree at the University of Glasgow and recent Business Management graduate from the University of the West of Scotland. I take a keen interest youth empowerment and community development which I thank my grandfather for, the late Bashir Ahmad MSP.

Outside of University and work, I serve as Scotland representative on the Princes Trust National Youth Advisory Board. My role involves advising senior management on organisational direction, in order to place systems within communities and school’s country-wide; to give those from disadvantaged backgrounds a more inclusive platform for success.

I wanted to join the Union board in order to give back to the University which served me through my academic career. I see my board membership as a hugely rewarding experience and have the opportunity to make a lasting difference by contributing my ideas and knowledge.

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Mark Hamilton - External Trustee

Hi there! My name is Mark Hamilton, and as well as being an External Trustee on the Union’s Board of Trustees, my current role is as a Student Engagement Officer with City of Glasgow College.

Back in 2013, I graduated from the University of Stirling with a degree in English Literature & History, and since then most of my professional life has been spent working with local authorities; the third-sector and in employability, often in roles where I have worked closely with Further/Higher education institutions.

I have been a resident of Paisley for most of my life, and have previously sat on different youth-work and advisory boards in the past. I am delighted to be joining the Board of Trustees, and hope to bring my own knowledge and experience to the role moving forward.

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Mark McRitchie - External Trustee

Information about Mark McRitchie is coming soon


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Catherine Whatley - Student Trustee

Hi there! My name is Catherine, and I am one of your student trustees of the Student’s Union at UWS.

I am currently doing a PhD in frog reproductive ecotoxicology at UWS based across the Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses. I also have a BSc in Zoology, and an MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology, which I studied for in Manchester where I grew up. 

I am relatively new to Glasgow, but loving it so far! I am very passionate about social justice and environmental issues, and my hobbies include mushroom hunting and taking care of my houseplants and my pet tarantula, Rosalind. 

I aim to represent the best interests of the student body across all UWS campuses and, at all stages of student life. 

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David Lewis - Student Trustee

Hi all! My name is David and I am currently in my second year studying Psychology on the Paisley campus (soon to be going into third year) and I am one of your Student Trustees on the board.

I currently live in Glasgow with my fiancé and two puppies Murphy and Luna so I am always being kept busy. We love going on big walks up hills and forests all across Scotland. I am incredibly passionate about working with children and supporting those struggling with mental health. I spent 3 summers working at a summer camp in America and can honestly say it was one of the most life changing experiences.

The reason I wanted to join the Student Union board was because I wanted to help make sure that we have the best systems in place to help our students. I was a student rep in 2019 and 2020 and made sure students voices were heard in student council meetings in arguably one of the most difficult years. I hope that I can continue to serve the students of UWS the best way possible while being a trustee.

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Shivani Rinck - Student Trustee

Hello! Currently in my final year student of Bsc Bioscience with Forensic Investigation at UWS and Nutritional therapy at CNM.

As the President of the Friends of the Bees Society, I am a qualified beekeeper by profession but also work as a dog groomer. I enjoy many different hobbies, but dancing has a special place in my heart; trained in ballet, highland, tap, saman, salsa, etc - my father was a ballroom and Latin American dancer, so it runs in the family!

Being a trustee has given me the opportunity to be involved with the Union like never before - having already been a student rep for my course and then for the health and life sciences school division, I have always supported the student voice and will continue to do so. 

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Kimberley Slessor - Student Trustee

Hi, I’m Kimberley and I am one of the student trustees. I am a part-time mature business student currently in my fourth year of the programme.

I am a busy mum of three incredible daughters, who inspire me to achieve my potential every day. Earlier in my career I worked within the beauty industry, unfortunately, I had an injury at work which left me with a disability in my hands. At this point I re-evaluated what I wanted to do as a career and decided on a career change and further study. I joined UWS in 2017 and never looked back.

I wanted to become a trustee to give a voice to disabled and part-time students. I am a local girl from south Lanarkshire, I have a gorgeous cockapoo dog called Max, and I love socialising.



Trustee Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies.


Board Meetings Minutes

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