Meet the Trustees

Trustee board is comprised of 12 members, find out about our Sabbatical, Student and Lay trustees.

Trustee board is comprised of 12 members, find out about our Sabbatical, Student and Lay trustees.

The Students’ Guild Trustee Board is made up of:

FULL-TIME Officer Trustees

All four of the Students’ Guild’s Full-Time elected Officers are Trustees. The Guild President is Chair of the Trustee Board.

Student Trustees

There are up to four Trustees of the Students’ Guild who are current Exeter students (not Full-Time Officers, student staff or members of Elections Group). They are elected by the student body.

Lay Trustees

There are up to four external Trustees who are appointed by the Board and Guild Council from the local community.

Who are the trustees

Current (from)
Previous (to)
Lily Margaroli (19/07/2021)
Sunday Blake (16/07/2021)
Deputy Chair
Julie Walkling (01/07/2020)
Julie Walkling
Elected Officers
Marion Ojua (19/07/2021)
Ruby Jones (16/07/2021)
Bella Enoizi (19/07/2021)
Penny Dinh (16/07/2021)
Izzy Harrison (19/07/2021)
Liv Harvey (16/07/2021)
Student Trustees
Alfie Carlisle (09/09/2021)
Alfie Carlisle (31/07/2021)
Idris Bin Mohammad Affrin (09/09/2021)
Sumiah Elbortoukaly (09/09/2021)
Thiba Baskaran (09/09/2021)
Mariam Abdelkarim (31/07/2021)
Scarlett Hilson-Wheeler (09/09/2021)
Robert Jones (31/07/2021)
Lay Trustees
Margaret Laithwaite  (01/07/2020)
Margaret Laithwaite
Natalie Stewart (01/07/2020)
Natalie Stewart
Deborah Watson (01/08/2014)
Deborah Watson

Lay Trustees

Deborah Watson

Deborah is a Director of Gradsouthwest Ltd., a graduate job board that provides quick, simple and effective graduate recruitment. She also works as a consultant to businesses, Universities, and economic development organisations in areas such as higher education, innovation, productivity and graduate retention.

Deborah was previously Executive Director at Universities South West, the Higher Education Association in South West England. She has also been a Director of SWMAS Ltd. – ‘The trusted provider of advice and hands-on support for manufacturers aiming to achieve sustainable success’; and a member of various groups and committees, including the SW ERDF 2007-13 Competitiveness and Employment Local Management Committee (a €124.7 million Programme), and the SW Employment and Skills Board.

Prior to joining Universities South West Deborah held a number of posts at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - including managing research and postgraduate training portfolios in photonics, optics and medical engineering and as marketing manager.

Deborah received her PhD in Quantum Interference in Semiconductor Systems in 1998 from the University of Exeter. She is a member of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist and holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. In 2011 she had a brief spell as a Primary School Governor during the School’s transition to being part of an Academy chain; and is currently a member of the Friends of the School.

Deborah lives in Devon with her partner and daughter.

Julie Walkling

Julie has worked in higher education for over 25 years. Originally starting as a University Counsellor, she has worked at London Met, ARU, the Royal Agricultural University and the University of the West of Scotland. She has been a senior manager with oversight of Student Services and related areas for over 20 years, including being the formal link with the respective Students’ Unions in her institutions. She remains a passionate advocate for the student experience.

Currently Julie works for the JS Group, a family run company that provides educational resources and supports student engagement in partnership with HEIs. Prior to working in HE, she worked in the voluntary and private sectors and co-founded a therapy centre that has just celebrated its 26th anniversary.

Julie lives in Gloucestershire, with her family home in south Devon. 

Natalie Stewart

Natalie is a senior solicitor at Duane Morris, a US-based law firm, with a decade worth of experience in international finance law. She previously worked at Paul Hastings and Jones Day, two leading international law firms. She advises financial institutions and other companies on a wide range of banking and finance transactions, with a particular focus on debt capital markets, structured finance and securitisations. She has also served multiple secondments at Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, and advises a number of pro bono clients on corporate and charity law matters.

After graduating from The University of Exeter (Geography BA, 2007), she gained an LLB from BPP University. Before starting her training contract, she worked at the Financial Ombudsman Service as an Adjudicator resolving complaints relating to financial products.

She is a founder and trustee of The Hive Food Bank, a food bank in Islington, London, with over five years experience in charity governance, change management and strategy implementation. She is also heavily involved in Girlguiding, acting as Assistant Division Commissioner in Islington.

Margaret Laithwaite

Margaret joined the University of Exeter in 2011 as Deputy Director of Finance, retiring in January 2020. The role involved leading on the strategic direction of the Finance Services support operations and provision of management information both internal and external, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, the University’s VAT and Corporation Tax policies and returns. Liaised with external advisors and recommend to senior management VAT options on new enterprises. In liaison with Stratgic Planning, played a key role in the management of Data Quality. Responsible for the Finance and Corporate (Finance) risk registers.

Margaret previously worked at UMIST as Deputy Director of Finance up until the merger with the Victoria University of Manchester in 2004. Extensive experience of cultural and organisational changes having worked through the merger and building a new finance team from two very different organisations. As Head of Financial Operations at Manchester she was responsible for the financial accounting, production of statutory accounts and the implementation of eCommerce. She provided information to investors that resulted in a £100m Private Placement to fund the extensive capital programme. She took over the finance systems support team and rationalised the support process, improved management information and provided a structured development plan for the finance system. Led and managed a ‘Procure to Pay’ project to centralise the processing of purchase invoices including iProcurement and scanning invoices. Implemented an eMarketplace enhancement.

Prior to entering the education sector Margaret worked in industry at Courtauld, and Reed International (now Elsevier).

In addition to her role as Trustee for the Exeter Student Guild, she is also a Trustee for the Exeter Retirement Benefits Scheme.

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