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Trustee Biographies

All 6 of the Elected Fulltime Officers are also Trustees.


Samya Sarfaraz is a 3rd-year medical student, currently intercalating in Global Health. She’s volunteered with Off the Record (young’s people’s mental health charity) as a Young Advisor/Trustee and is now working as the Chair of the Wellfest Committee.  ‘Wellfest’ a wellbeing festival for young peoples’ positive mental health, providing opportunities for them to get involved with services in a fun, safe and engaging manner. 
Samya has worked as a course rep, peer mentor and involved with various societies including Students for Global Health and Nutritank. In her role as a Young Trustee, she helped shape the charity's 5 Year Business Plan in collaboration with the CEO and contributed to work with Bristol CCG. 
She wanted to expand on the skills gained during this time as well as wanting to represent the voices of students from widening participation and minority backgrounds as well as international students. 
She is passionate about challenging injustice, creating space for young people and championing diversity in education. She is also a member of the NHS Youth Forum.



Helen Inman was the Engineering Undergraduate Faculty Rep last year and wants to continue to keep in touch with the University whilst on her year in industry at Novel Engineering Consultancy.  Helen is in her 3rd year on the Engineering Design Masters Undergraduate course, last year as a faculty rep she hosted one of the largest course rep forums and felt she started some positive work in the faculty driven by students. The reason she became a trustee is to find out more about how the SU is run and how clarity and communication can be improved between it and the student body. She wants to use her position on the board to speak for students who at present aren't engaging with the Student's Union and she also wants to find out what she can do to help this. Helen enjoys playing water polo at the university as well as picking her flute up from time to time. She would love to hear any students' questions about her role as a trustee.



Ross Waterman I am a second year student on the physics with industrial experience (Msc) course and I am also an active member in Jsoc (Jewish Society). This included running and organizing events for jewish holidays and celebrations. I wanted to become a trustee to help the SU become more relatable with students and align its policies with what people really want. I hope this role will give me a greater understanding of how the SU works and what it means to be a trustee of a charity. I love travelling and recently did a month of volunteering in Fiji teaching English and Maths to slow leaners in a village. In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching football and I’m also a big music fan.



Ian Robinson was the Chief Executive of the University of Bath Students' Union and retired from this role in July 2016. The Union is one of only 4 Students' Unions nationally with a Gold award in the Students' Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEi) and is widely regarded as a leader in fields such as enterprise education, peer support and student representation. Ian has been a Director of NUS Services Limited, the purchasing arm of the NUS, and has been appointed as an auditor to support NUS’ national quality assurance programmes.In July 2016, Ian was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the NUS for his services to the student movement.Ian has previously been an Assistant Principal of a large Further Education College, and was a Director of a privately funded Distance Learning and consultancy organisation where he was responsible for delivering and managing their Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Professional courses and for providing a range of consultancy services to public and private sector organisations. Ian has a degree in French Studies from the University of Portsmouth, a postgraduate degree in Management Studies, and is a Member of the CIPD. Ian is a Mentor for the Carers’ Trust, a charity which provides strategic support and development for Chief Executives and Boards responsible for supporting carers across the country.



Noelle Rumball did quite a lot of Philosophy and Mathematics at the University of Bristol (BA Hons 2003; MA 2005), before embarking on a career defining and measuring the success of public sector organisations. She’s currently the Head of Student Information and Advice at UWE, having previously worked for The Planning Inspectorate, Ofsted, NERC, and University of Bristol. She’s also slipped in a few years of freelance research, mostly with the think tank Demos.In addition to her role as trustee with UBU, Noelle is a governor at Frome Vale Academy; a member of the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnership; a Director at the Bristol Cable; and Treasurer for Up Our Street.



Tilly Beech graduated from the University of Leeds in 1994 with a BA in Classical Civilisation. She then completed a PG Dip in Information and Library Management at the University of Northumbria.She joined the University of Bristol in 1999 working for the Library Service, then became part of Information Services and then IT Services. She is now a Zonal Team Leader in IT Services and Warden of Durdham Hall and University Hall . She joined the University in 1999 working for the Library Service, then became part of Information Services and then IT Services. She's has worked in University residences since 2001 and is a member of UCU. When not working she likes travelling and running.



Mehul Pasari is currently in the second year of his undergraduate programme. He is pursuing BSc in Economics and Finance at the University of Bristol. He is native to India and has travelled to UK for university. He enjoys dancing and had participated in the Battle of Bollywood III last year where the Bristol team managed to grab the title of "South Zone Winner". He is also the International Students Officer at Bristol SU and was the Course Rep last year. He is fond of travelling and playing chess and is also a part of Bristol University Chess Team.



Lawrence Wooldridge is an investment banker from London who has spent the past decade working within various financial institutions such as JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. 
He joined the board as a co-opted Trustee of the University of Bristol Students’ Union as he has a passion to help promote and ensure the well-being of the students, who are a primary focus in a world with increasing pressures and expectations. 
He is also a board member of the Wyedean Housing Association and a member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers City Livery.



Raj Kakar-Clayton is currently Managing Director of Bristol based Which? Trusted Traders. He has over 25 years of experience in delivering results, and developing people in the financial/commercial sector to both corporate and medium-size businesses. He's been part of the Bristol business community for over 15 years.
Raj is also a trustee for the Creative Youth Network in Bristol. Raj is a keen rugby supporter, hiker and when he gets the chance, he likes to takes his VW campervan on adventures.
He lives with his partner Louise in Bristol  - His daughter Lauryn has just started university in Cardiff. 
Raj is passionate about bringing the students and the Bristol business community together. 


Last updated 27th July 2018