USSAC is run by a committee elected at our Annual General Meeting. We're here to help so please feel free to contact any of us!
Chair - Tariq Hilmi
The Chair of USSAC is the main interface between the club, its members, and the Students' Union. The Chair is also responsible for coordinating the meetings with the club committee and ensuring the club runs smoothly.
Tariq started diving last year during his first year of university and gained his Ocean Diver qualification. Currently a Physics student, he is now working towards his Sports diver Qualification.
If you have any questions about the club, or want to get involved, you can email Tariq directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary - Lizzie Davis
The main role of the Secretary is to ensure that all of the details that are held with BSAC HQ are up-to-date. Lizzie works closely with BSAC and the other committee members, particularly the Chair and Diving Officer, to organise all the information for the club as well as welcoming new club members.
Lizzie is a Civil Engineering student who joined the club last year during her second year at university. While she will be on her placement this year, she will still be working towards her Sports diver qualification.
Got a question about membership? Email Lizzie directly at email@example.com
Treasurer - Teddy Ng
The Treasurer is responsible for all of the club accounts. To do so effectively, they should understand and abide by the Union rules for club funding and keep the committee up-to-date on the state of funding.
They must ensure that club expenditure is done so within the club's funding and if not secure an additional grant before the expenditure takes place. They will also have the responsibility of ensuring that all club fees and membership are collected!
Teddy is a Electronic Engineering student who joined the club 2 years ago as a PADI crossover diver. Even though he wasn't involved in the club last year, he has come back as committee and recently he became an Assistant Diving Instructor, and he will now be working towards his Dive Leader qualification.
Email Teddy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kit Officer - Marco Volino
The Kit Officer is responsible for ensuring that all club equipment and services such as the compressor are kept suitably maintained and in service. It is also their duty to organise tank filling and teach interested members about use of the compressor.
Marco had studied electrical engineering in Surrey, and afterwards did his PhD in computer vision and graphics. Marco now works in the university, doing research in the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing. Being a member of the club previously and having been diving for 2 years, Marco decided to join the committee as our Kit Officer.
If you have any questions about our equipment (or want to book some) then email Marco directly at email@example.com
Boat Officer - Dave Brock
The Boat Officer is primarily responsible for the club’s Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) called Garfield and must ensure that it is seaworthy. Alongside this, it is their responsibility to deal with any other aspects of boat-related equipment.
Dave retired from the University in 2003 after 30 years employment in Electrical Engineering and obtained his Masters in the Department in 1981. He has been a member of the club since 1996, is a Dive Leader with IFC and has been teaching in the club for many years. Fishing, boating and scuba are some of his hobbies.
For info about the boat, contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diving Officer - James Backshall
The club Diving Officer is defined by BSAC as ‘the National Diving Officer’s representative at Branch level, as defined in BSAC Rules’. The DO ultimately is responsible for all diving that is performed within the club. This involves overlooking all training and giving advice on diving where necessary.
James has been diving for many years, both with and without the club, and hence is one of the more experienced divers we have. Currently, he is a Dive leader and recently has also become a qualified Open water Instructor. While he has graduated from university last year, with his extensive diving knowledge he still intends to help out in the club in many areas.
Email James at email@example.com
Training Officer - James Backshall
The Training Officer's main role is to help members achieve their training goals whether they're a new diver seeking their first qualification, or an existing diver looking to branch out to other aspects of diving. They work closely with the Diving Officer to ensure that all training is done safely.
While there was no elected Training Officer last year, James, our Dive Officer, decided to take up this responsibility as well, and has worked hard ensuring training goes smoothly.
Social Secretary - Mark Sheppard
USSAC is a very social club meaning the role of Social Sec can be demanding. It consists of organising a number of club outings, ranging from a relaxed trip to the Dive Show, a quiet one at the pub, or even a more intense night out! They ensure everyone feels comfortable with the club and is having fun.
Mark is a first year Law student who joined the club as a qualified PADI open water. He showed immediate interest with the club, and was seen in every outing. It didn't take him long to decide to help out with the club as our social sec and straight away start organising events such as our Christmas Meal.
You can quite often bump into Mark in Rubix on Wednesdays and Fridays.. If, for whatever reason, you can't find him there, you can email him with any questions or ideas about club socials at firstname.lastname@example.org