Trustee Board Members

Trustee Board 2016/17


Lauren Ramage (Chair)
Student President

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I feel that there is a lot more to university than solely your academic studies. I believe it’s also about meeting new people, experiencing new things, pursuing opportunities, and of course having fun along the way. Due to this, I first became involved in the Students’ Association from the very start of my first year and have been involved ever since. I have always been a very keen sportsperson, participating in sports from a very young age right through from primary school to secondary school. Therefore, I automatically knew I wanted to continue my involvement at university level. By getting involved in sports, I then heard of the other fantastic opportunities the Students’ Association offers and decided to also get involved in societies and the Student Leaders Programme. These are all fantastic aspects of the Students’ Association which have greatly enhanced my personal, professional, and employability skills.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

As a GCU undergraduate in Business with Management and an active member of the Students’ Association, I believe I have the adequate experience and knowledge which will be beneficial in ensuring the long-term success and growth of the organisation. I truly believe in the Students’ Association’s mission, vision and values as I have experienced these first-hand and believe they accurately represent everything the organisation sets out to achieve. I am a very enthusiastic and approachable individual who has the ability to lead, to communicate effectively and to treat others with equality and respect. My vast experience playing in many sporting teams shows that I am a committed individual and a team player who understands the importance and skills of working in a team with a number of people with different views and outlooks. Additionally, I also know how to delegate and to ensure that everyone is able to voice their opinions and have the same opportunities in decision-making and planning.



Jodie Waite
Vice President GSBS

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I first became involved with GCU Students’ Association whilst I was in third year of my undergraduate degree. I had heard of the Student Leaders Programme through email, and was interested in taking part to develop my employability and leadership skills. Once I had completed the programme, I was more aware of what was on offer within the Students’ Association, and I was extremely eager to get involved further.  By the time I had graduated, just one year on, I had won the Allister Boyd Award, been elected as a Full Time Officer and was part of five societies, a sports team and media. Taking that first step was certainly the best decision I made as a student.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

As a returning Full Time Officer with an Undergraduate Degree in Business, I bring both previous Trustee experience to the Board and an extensive knowledge of organisational strategy and planning. With regards to personal skills, I am a very fair person and am always willing to listen to others’ points of view before reaching a solution. I feel it is important to compromise in difficult situations, because I believe that all opinions and debates are valuable in meeting the strategic aims and objectives of GCU Students’ Association.



Chris Daisley
Vice President SEBE

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I first got involved in the students’ association as a student in the later part of my undergraduate degree. I see that the opportunity existed within the Students' Association to  become a photography  volunteer.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

I think being both at undergraduate and postgraduate will allow me to bring a broader insight for the student experience to the Trustee Board. I  also feel my personal interests in both project management and risk management will be of value to the board.



Kevin Campbell
Vice President SHLS

What made you get involved in GCU Students Association?

I first got involved in GCU Students' Association when the President of the Podiatry Society (who later became Student President) pushed me to join the committee, I felt it was a great way to meet other likeminded people and get experience running what at that time was the biggest society on campus. This quickly led to what I call The Societies Snowball Effect where I joined almost every other society and was elected onto Societies Council before finally chairing the Societies Council for 2 years and becoming a School Officer for 2 years. This experience allowed me to gain a broad working knowledge of how the organisation operates and what it stands for. This developed my passion for the organisation and for the student movement even more and spurred me to run in our elections.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to Trustee Board?

I bring a strong knowledge and understanding of good governance to the board. In terms of personal skill sets, I don’t have an aversion to speaking my mind and questioning things, especially when they can have potentially negative implications. I feel this is the most important quality needed in a trustee and that by constantly questioning everything we do and challenging our rationale for doing it, we will grow as an organisation.



Iniobong Enang
Student Trustee

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I am proud to be a student in GCU and I am passionate about contributing significantly to the experiences of students and staff. I would also like to learn about the structure and management of corporate boards and gain practical experience for use in the near future and believe being part of the Board will help with this.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

As a current PhD student and former MSc risk management student in GCU, I am well positioned to contribute to the smooth running of the Board from a risk management perspective. I also bring skills in teamwork, innovation, netwrorking, research and leadership.



Jennifer Broadhurst
Student Trustee

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I became involved initially with the Students’ Association as a Representation Intern. I wanted to help ensure that students were aware of how to appropriately communicate issues around learning and teaching with university staff. I also wanted to help the Students’ Association be more reflective of the diversity of students here at GCU, as this is a widening access university, many of us have jobs and care responsibilities away from university and need to have innovative ways of belonging to the GCU community, and it’s up to us to steer the Students' Association towards what we need from them so that it truly represents all of us.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

As a mature student, I had a varied career before returning to full time education. I bring HR experience following several years managing social care services, in addition to astute research and analysis skills gained both during study and political campaigning. I am able to take a holistic view of most situations and provide an understanding of social and economic behaviour. Having completed my undergraduate and master’s degrees at GCU and now in the process of completing a PhD in Economics, I bring an understanding of the systems and experiences that impact upon students at all levels here and will work to ensure that the Students' Association remains reflective of our needs and acting in our interests.



Kirsty McCallum
Student Trustee

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I initially got involved with the Students' Association to meet new people, get myself involved and saw it as a way of giving back. I have had a great experience with the Association, from the ice-breaking fresher’s events in my first year to being a Wellbeing Volunteer, participating in the Student Leaders Programme and being part of the Trustee Board. My role as a Trustee will allow me to give back for my fantastic time at University and hopefully help create a similar, if not better, experience for the current and new students joining our community at Glasgow Caledonian University.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

I feel I have learned some great new skills to bring to the table which have been enhanced by my year abroad experiences studying in Melbourne and Paris. I am open-minded, excited to try new things and have a relevant student perspective to bring to the table as a current International Business undergraduate. I have had first-hand experience of working with people from all corners of the globe. I understand the importance of teamwork and celebrate different cultures, attitudes and ways of working.



Robert Excellence
Student Trustee

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I got involved in the GCU Students' Association because I am very passionate about the strategic direction of our Students' Association, and how it fulfils its mandate and purpose; as I am confident that a strong, vibrant and purpose driven Students’ Association is central to a great student experience.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

In terms of skills, I bring both analytical and critical thinking skills. And I am quite patient and systematic so I tend to look at the overall picture and to pick out details that would be essential to reaching the best possible decisions.

Why do you enjoy being on the Trustee Board?

I enjoy being on the board because of the diversity of people, who are each unique in their contributions and perspectives. This enables us to have wonderful and intelligent discussions. It is also fun, and affords me the opportunity to understand the inner workings of the association.



Lynn Tennent (Vice Chair)
External Trustee

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I was fully involved in the Students' Association in various roles when I was studying at GCU. Returning as an External Trustee seemed like a natural progression and I was delighted when the opportunity came up.  Being an External Trustee and Vice Chair of Trustee Board gives me opportunity to continue to invest in an organisation I'm passionate about.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

I am an HR Professional,  I bring knowledge, skills and experience of Human Resources policy and practice.  In addition I have a breadth of knowledge of working in the voluntary sector.  I  also work in a mentoring capacity with Full Time Officers Officers and Student Trustees in general people management, particularly the recruitment process,  as well as any other areas of HR they are curious about or keen to develop in.

Why do you enjoy being on the Trustee Board?

I enjoy working with a variety of people and have met some great people over the years. I am encouraged that the Students' Association continues to grow and develop and am privileged to come along on the journey.  At a personal level I am able to work in areas and projects I wouldn't necessarily get to do in my day job which allows me to learn new things.  I especially enjoy strategic work!



Stuart McCallum
External Trustee

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I enjoyed studying for my BA Accountancy at the University. Since then I have been involved with several events around career planning so when I saw the role at GCU Students' Association I was keen to assist in a more formal manner and over a longer period of time.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

My corporate finance and accountancy skills have assisted a wide range of companies over the years - this has been primarily around supporting growth plans or improving results. I feel these skills will benefit GCU Students' Association in the coming years.

Why do you enjoy being on the Trustee Board?

I find the team at GCU Students' Association to be an impressive and committed group of people who are all focused on making the student experience as memorable and positive as possible. The range and scale of service and resources available is far more than I knew about before I joined! Team spirit is good and while we have serious matters to discuss we also get on well with a range of social events.



Sarah Walker
External Trustee

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

I wanted to get involved with GCU Students' Association to maintain my connection with the university and to expand my experience beyond financial services.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

The particular skills I bring are those relating to risk management and governance oversight.


Lisa Kirkwood
External Trustee

What made you get involved in GCU Students’ Association?

As a former student of the University between 1986 and 1993 (through all its previous incarnations of Glasgow College of Technology, Glasgow College, Glasgow Polytechnic and Glasgow Caledonian University), I was excited to be able to be involved in some way to support the excellent work the Students' Association does to enhance the student experience.

What particular set of skills do you think you bring to the Trustee Board?

The personal skills and qualities I feel I bring are that I can initiate and promote a calm and controlled approach during difficult situations, will take tough, principled stands even if they are unpopular and can explain my ideas in an uncomplicated way.  The Trustee Board have collective responsibility for directing the non political affairs of the Association whilst ensuring it meets the obligations of its charitable status.  I hope my personal skills will serve me well during any board meetings where there may be differing opinions, debates and discussions!

Why do you enjoy being on the Trustee Board?

As a ‘newbie’, I am enjoying learning about the challenges involved in operating a vibrant Students’ Association.  Hearing about all the events and activities, the various student societies and also witnessing the talent, passion and hard work of the elected officers and staff behind the GCU Students’ Association makes the experience a very rewarding one.

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