Board of Trustees

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

Our constitution allows the Board to have three sub committees which support its work. These are:

  • Appointments Committee
  • Finance & Resources Committee
  • Remuneration & HR Committee

Current Trustees

List of Trustees:

Name Role
Ismail Nizami (Chair)

President (Sabbatical Officer)

Clare Hunter Vice President of Student Opportunities  (Sabbatical Officer)
Luke Humberstone Vice President Welfare & Wellbeing (Sabbatical Officer)
Aishwarya Tiku Vice President of Education (Sabbatical Officer)

Ellie Gomersall

Student Trustee
Vacant Student Trustee


Student Trustee
Vacant Student Trustee
Mark McRitchie

External Trustee

Professor Roddy Williamson

External Trustee
Vacant External Trustee
Vacant External Trustee


Trustees Vacancies

The Union is looking to appoint:

  • 3 Student Trustees
  • 2 External Trustees (one of which is a Treasurer)

This is a key post in the planning and delivery of the Students’ Union services to its members; the students of UWS.

  • It provides an opportunity for you to be involved in important decisions on behalf of the Students’ Union and students, as well as valuable experience of sitting on a Board of Trustees.
  • All candidates should have enthusiasm for the mission, vision and values of the Student Association of the University of the West of Scotland.

Deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 8th February 2021

Find out more about the role of Student Trustees by watching this video in which Aishwarya Tiku (VP Education) and Ellie Gomersall (current student trustee) explain the role of Student Trustee; and by clicking here to download the application pack

To apply for this role, please download the Application Form and the Diversity Monitoring form, and email them to to Please note, we are unable to accept CVs for this role. 

External Trustee and Treasurer Recruitment Pack and Application From


Completed applications and questions about the post, should be sent to Aileen McColl, Senior Administrator at or on 0141 849 4151.


More information

If you would like any more details, please contact the Union office using our contact details.

The Students' Union
Storie Street, Paisley, PA1 2HB
0141 849 4151

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