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union staff

As well as elected student representatives, the Students' Union also employs a number of key staff who provide continuity and experience in operational management and administration of the Union. Meet the team!

Chief Executive

Al Lawley-Powell

As the Chief Executive I report to the Trustee Board and am responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the organisation. Key areas of work are supporting and facilitating the roles of elected officers and staff to deliver their representational, political, educational and activity based agendas. Internally I ensure development and delivery of commercial activities, externally securing funding opportunities is also a priority.

Communications & Activities Manager

Nick Manton

My role seeks to increase student engagement, ensuring accessible, vibrant and student centred information, promotions, campaigns and events. I develop, direct and implement the Union’s communications strategies and events programme to ensure effective communication of the Union’s varied messages, as well as working with colleagues to develop the Union's clubs, societies and sports provision to deliver on the Union’s aim to Make Students’ Lives Better.

Finance Manager

Sasha Young

As Finance Manager my role is to produce accurate and timely financial data to management and budget holders to ensure that the union strategically manages its financial resources. This includes producing monthly management accounts for the Finance and Resource Committee.   I am also responsible for the day to day running of the Union’s financial operations. 

Commercial Manager

Julie Beaton

As Commercial Manager my role is to manage the Robbins team and ensures the delivery of customer focused bar and catering facilities on the Union's premises as well as the Union Shop.

Union Secretary/HR Administrator

Wendy Forbes

My role is to assist and support the Chief Executive with the secretarial and administrative services for the Students’ Union, including the processing of payroll. I act as Minute Secretary for Trustee Board, HR Sub Group, FRC and E,D & I Steering Group & Champions Group. I am also the first point of contact for students, working closely with clubs & societies/sports clubs regarding club accounts, room bookings and general queries.

Democracy & Representation Coordinator

Natalie Hay

My role is to promote and enhance student engagement in the democratic, political and campaigning activities of the Union. I work closely with the Union President, VP Education and the Co-ordinator team to support and develop all student representatives, from full-time officers to module reps. I am also responsible for conducting research and enquiry into current issues within Higher Education, learning and teaching, and the Union’s activities. I work closely with the Advocacy & Inclusion Coordinator and sabbatical officers, to develop new initiatives and policies, which engage and represent the interests of the student community. I am also the go-to person on the Union’s Elections, constitution and schedules.

Communications, Marketing & Events Coordinator

Laura Dixon

I'm responsible for administering and assisting in the delivery of the Union's communications strategies together with the Communications Manager. I run the Union website, digital and social media communications as well as physically implementing marketing campaigns through experiential and visual means. I lead on the planning and promotion of annual and regular Union Events; including commercial ents programmes, Freshers Week & Elections. 

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Jordyn Austin 

My role is to help students make the most from their time at University. I support all the clubs & societies within the Union and help promote student participation in co-curricular activities. A key part of my job is encouraging and promoting volunteering opportunities to help students access new experiences, develop their skills, and realise their potential.

Sport Development Co-Ordinator

Sophie Charlton 

I'm here to ensure that all students at the University not only have the opportunity to engage in sport and physical activity, but that it is also a positive experience. In doing so I work in conjunction with the Sports President and Sports Administrator to plan, coordinate and deliver the comprehensive sport programme. I have particular focus on participation, disability sport as well as health and wellbeing. In addition, I also work with external stakeholders such as Active Stirling to increase opportunities for students to engage in community sport within the Stirling area.

Advocacy Coordinator

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The Co-Ordinator's role is to offer confidential and impartial information, support and representation to students on academic issues such as mitigating circumstances that are impacting on your studies, appeals, complaints, academic misconduct hearings and fitness to practice hearings. The Co-Ordinator's role is to listen – not to judge – and to help students state their case, to signpost to other specialist or support services as appropriate and to help make what can be difficult circumstances less painful and confusing and so you don’t have to face them alone. 

Sustainability Development Coordinator 

Johannes Schamp 

I help direct the Union's sustainability work, heading up the Green & Blue space, Fairshare, community garden and initiatives including active travel. Across the Union we work to reduce our cardon footprint and work hard to retain our status as a carbon neutral Students' Union. 

Finance Administrator

Eilish O'Hare
The Finance Office assists all areas of the Union in their operations. The team help Clubs with their budgets and monitor the income and expenditure of the Union.

Finance Administrator

Jane Allan
The Finance Office assists all areas of the Union in their operations. The team help Clubs with their budgets and monitor the income and expenditure of the Union.

Sports Union Administrator

Aileen Ferguson

My role is to assist and support the Sports Union President and the Sports Development Coordinator.  I organise sport fixtures, transport and accomodation for all clubs as well as being the first point of contact for general enquires in the Union office.

Advocacy Caseworker

Jenni Glen

Working alongside the Advocacy & Inclusion Development Co-Ordinator, my role is to offer confidential and impartial information, support and representation to students as part of the Union Advocacy team. 

Catering Manager

Gwen Johnston

As Catering Manager my role is to manage the catering team and ensures the delivery of customer focused catering facilities.

Union Shop Manager

Karen McGregor

I manage the Student Union Shop, planning events, offers and promotions. I source all new stock, finding up-to-date styles in fashionable designs and colours. 

Click on the image below to see the current Union structure.