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Introducing New Guild External Trustees

Introducing New Guild External Trustees

The Guild has successfully recruited three new External Trustees

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I am thrilled to announce that the Guild has successfully recruited three new External Trustees to our Guild Board of Trustees! The role of externals on the board is to provide external oversight and expertise as we work to develop strategic direction and address issues at an organisational level. I am certain that Julie, Margaret and Natalie will be invaluable to the Board as the Guild continues to consider its long-term future and the sort of students’ union it wants to be.

So, who are our new trustees?

  • Julie Walkling: Julie has spent much of her life working on the strategic development of student support in universities as varied as Angela Ruskin and the Royal Agricultural University, and spent many of her early years volunteering for charities such as the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard. We considered her expertise in Governance and developing strategic approaches to student support will be invaluable to the direction of Board, and by extension the Guild.
  • Margaret Laithwaite: Margaret has recently retired her role as Deputy Finance Director at the University of Exeter but took the decision to apply to become a trustee of the Guild due to her love for students and commitment to improving student experience. Her exceptional expertise in the finance of higher education organisations and institutions will ensure constructive oversight and support for the finance directorate.
  • Natalie Stewart: Natalie is an Exeter graduate who fondly remembers her time as a student at Exeter; particularly her involvement with the extra-curricular activities supported by the Guild. Her professional specialism in finance law, and experience running her own foodbank charity in London, made Natalie a standout candidate during the recruitment process.

However, our successful recruitment means that we’re saying goodbye to Keith, William and Andrew who will sadly be leaving the board at the end of June. Keith has devoted eight years to the Guild as an external on our board, and William and Andrew have both dedicated three years respectively. Their expertise and oversight, particularly in areas around finance and governance, has been crucial to ensuring the Guild remains active and committed to co-creating the best student experience for the student community at Exeter.

The new trustees will take up their roles on the 1st July.


Guild President & Chair of Board of Trustees



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