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



Uchechi Agbaraji - President

Information about Uchechi is coming soon


Subuola Elufioye - Vice-President Education

I am Subuola Elufioye an International Student from Nigeria in the MBA class at the Lanarkshire campus.

I am a real estate/construction professional with a bachelor’s in estate management and a master’s in international project management. Over the past few years, as a project manager, I have led multiple projects in Nigeria where I developed strategies that resulted in timely completion of projects while ensuring the wellbeing of staff associated with the projects.

I am a jovial, people-oriented, and friendly person who generally offers support to help people achieve their life goal or, more appropriately, I am here to help you to achieve your educational goals. 

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Ovoke Adams Adamatie - Vice-President Student Development

Hi beautiful people and welcome to the best Higher Institution in Scotland. I am Voke Adams Adamatie from Nigeria and I will be representing you in the capacity of  Vice-President, Student Development at the Student Union of UWS. I have my first degree in computer science, and I am currently studying Advanced Computing (Big Data) at the UWS Paisley Campus.


Manpreet Kaur - Vice-President Welfare and Wellbeing

Information about Manpreet is coming soon

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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 McRitchie - External Trustee

Mark is the longest serving External Trustee and comes to SAUWS with more than 30 years experience in leadership and strategic planning in the charity/community sector.  A serial social entrepreneur he is currently the Chief Executive of Community Central Hall – an award winning community based charity and social enterprise/development trust in North West Glasgow.  He is also in a professional capacity Vice-Chair of the Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) and Chair of the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN).   

Mark graduated from the Robert Gordon University in 1992 with a BA Honours degree and has been a member of various professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  He is currently a Fellow of the RSA, and a qualified business counsellor. 

In addition, Mark is a volunteer with Tiny Wings, father to a young family, fair weather cyclist and a classic car fanatic.  His eldest son came to UWS as undergraduate studying a BA and graduated last year with an MA in Sound Production.


Maeve Cowper - External Trustee

Information about Maeve is coming soon



Ismail Nizami - External Trustee

Information about Ismail is coming soon


Favour Nnennaya Obinna - Student Trustee

I am Favour Nnennaya Obinna, a 2nd Year BSc Adult Nursing Student at UWS Lanarkshire Campus. I am a Nigerian and have lived in Scotland for about 13 years. I hold a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Microbiology/Biology (Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnics, Unwana, Nigeria), a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Forestry and Environmental Management (Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria) and an MSc in Waste and Resource Management (UWS).

I have worked in Nigeria as a Biology teacher, a project manager with the Christian Council of Nigeria on climate change, and a project manager for a children's home in Southeast Nigeria. In addition, I have worked as a Call Centre assistant and care assistant in Scotland. In all my work, I have always held the values of accountability, empathy, and compassion as I discharge my duties and support the staff working with me. My Christian principles drive my life. I am a team player, compassionate, friendly, and kind. I am married with four children (two boys and two girls). As a student trustee, I desire to work with the team to ensure that student's educational journey is successful by listening to their needs, taking the same to the appropriate quarters, and ensuring that their voices are heard and responded to appropriately.




Paul Asare - Student Trustee

Information about Paul is coming soon





Trustee Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies.


Board Meetings Minutes

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