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



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.


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.


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.


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.



  • Roddy Williamson - External Trustee & Deputy Chair of the Board
  • Mark Hamilton - External Trustee
  • Mark McRitchie - External Trustee
  • Yusuf Qureshi - External Trustee
  • David Lewis - Student Trustee
  • Shivani Rinck - Student Trustee
  • Kimberley Slessor - Student Trustee
  • Catherine Whatley - Student Trustee



Trustee Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies.


Board Meetings Minutes

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