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Trustee Biographies

All 7 of the Elected Fulltime Officers are also Trustees.

Flora Jobson is a 4th year medical student who recently completed an intercalated Bsc in Global Health. She continues to pursue projects in this area with the goal of working overseas in the future. She is President of the Universities Women in STEM Society and helped co-found the Women in Conversation project. In both roles she puts emphasis on outreach trying to inspire girls to pursue scientific pathways. In her spare time she likes going on adventures with her bicycle, all things sea-related and caffeinating.


She became a trustee to gain a greater understanding of the functioning of the Student Union and hopes to make the role more visible to the student body.


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.

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.


Professor Chris Willmore is an Emeritus Professor of Sustainability and Law. She has been associated with the SU for 45 years as a student and then academic. She met her husband in the Anson room in 1975. She is barrister by background, and has experience as a trustee of various organisations, including  the Gane Trust (an arts charity) and Britain Yearly Meeting (Quakers in Britain) and formerly bodies including the Bristol Old Vic. She has served as a school governor, Council Leader and as chair of a range of projects including the award winning Armadillo Youth Facility. She currently chairs a project rescuing and improving  a sports facility serving an area of priority social need,  She has led projects working with the SU and students which have won national and international awards, most particularly Student Capital, Green Capital which showed students’ role as innovative leaders of city transformation.


Professor Sarah Purdy  is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) and the former Head of Bristol Medical School at University of Bristol. Sarah is also a Professor of Primary Care at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on reducing the number of avoidable hospital admissions. 

Sarah was appointed as Consultant Senior Lecturer in Bristol in October 2006 and became a Professor in 2014. Prior to coming to Bristol she worked at Hull York Medical School and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Sarah has a MD from the University of London and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh. Sarah completed an executive education programme at INSEAD. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University from 1995 -1997. She works clinically as a general practitioner at Sea Mills Surgery in Bristol.


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 9th April 2020