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Committee:
The committee is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). We're here to help so please feel free to contact any of us!:)

President - Mark Sheppard
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. 

Mark is a second year law student who joined the club in his first year as a qualified PADI Open Water Diver. He converted to BSAC and is close to finishing his Sports Diver qualification with us.

If you have any questions about the club, or want to get involved, you can email Mark directly at chair@ussac.co.uk

Secretary - Loum Nikos, aka Nikos 
The main role of the Secretary is to ensure that all of the details that are held with BSAC HQ are up-to-date. Nikos 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. 

Nikos is a postgraduate and joined us as a brand new diver. He completed his Ocean Diver qualification and is now working towards his Sports Diver.

Got a question about membership? Email Nikos directly at secretary@ussac.co.uk

Treasurer - Hatim Thayyil

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!


Hatim joined the club in his second year and having completed his Ocean Diver is now working towards his Sports Diver.


Email Hatim at treasurer@ussac.co.uk


Kit Officer - Bill Cooper

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. 


Bill graduated as an electronic engineer from Surrey last year. In his final year, Bill completed his Ocean Diver and is working towards Sports Diver.


If you have any questions about our equipment (or want to book some) then email Bill directly at ko@ussac.co.uk


Boat Officers - Teddy Ng & 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.


Teddy is a Electronic Engineering student who joined the club 3 years ago as a PADI crossover diver. Teddy is an Assistant Diving Instructor, and he will now be working towards his Dive Leader qualification.


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, he 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 or Teddy at bo@ussac.co.uk


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 do@ussac.co.uk



Training Officer - Tariq Hilmi

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. 


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.


Contact Tariq at to@ussac.co.uk


Social Secretary - Fred Selwyn

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.


Fred has been a big part in the club in previous committee's. Even after graduating Fred has played a large part in the club, frequently coming on UK and abroad trips. He is also a keen videographer (Fred shot and edited the video on the Diving page.)


To ask about Social events, contact Fred at social@ussac.co.uk