Meet the Committee

Committee 2016-17

President – Tom Kilcommons

With great power comes great responsibility and, as King of the commons, Tom Kilcommons’ watchful eye will undoubtedly mean a strong and stable year ahead. He was a true treasure(r) to have on the committee last year and I think we can all agree he did indeed master the web.

Now back without a vengeance and an exciting new-found passion for climbing (Former President Jono watch your back), Tom will lead the committee to ever loftier heights and exciting adventures! Often found near the Queens building talking to sculptures, Tom is enthusiastic, dedicated and too damn clever for his own good, and one things for sure; he’ll be a better President than Trump #fakenews. MLt FA1 WS

Vice-President – Phil Eccleston

Not just a pretty face, Phil shows his experience as a veteran of last year’s committee. After serving his time as climbing officer he has come back again to help Tom lead us into a new year of UBES adventures (and continue slowly converting UBES into a climbing society). Being awesome and a patient climbing teacher isn’t all he has to offer though, he’s a seasoned hiker and an all round chill dude. Don’t be intimidated by his chiseled cheek bones, he’s super approachable. WS RPS

Treasurer – Ollie Chapman


Secretary – Megan Clark


Expeditions Officer – Rory Bryson

First there was Cook then Livingstone, Scott, and Shackleton but now, with dashing Cumberbatch-esque looks and a wit to trump all others, Rory Bryson is a force to be reckoned with. Having joined UBES in first year, he’s made quite a splash during his short time and promises to make a truly brilliant Expedition’s Officer this year. Rory accompanied UBES on its Summer expedition to the Georgian Caucasus and no doubt has heady plans for his own expedition next year.
Whether found happily in the Highbury or high in the hills, Rory always keeps his characteristic cool and charismatic charm about him. You’ll never find him flustered on a fell or ever scared on a scramble. Indeed, little can get between Rory and a good adventure. WS

Expeditions Officer – Rhodri Williams

How does one even begin to describe the UBES magnificence that is Rhadre Villiams*? As a veteran of the great earwig battle of 2017 and many a chacha shot battle, you can rely on Rhadre to cater for all your exped needs in style, from diving into icy tarns and launching rockets with his jet engine of a stove to summoning cute kittens at a moment’s notice. With a hiking CV packed to the brim with group and solo trips in the UK, France, Switzerland, Romania, Morocco, Iceland, (deep breath) Slovenia and Georgia, there’s little this seasoned UBESter can’t handle. Caution: may contain DEET.
*(as recently re-christened by Azeri border guards). WS

Exploratory Expeditions Officer – Val Ismaili

It was obvious that Val needed to be on this year’s committee, but also equally obvious that none of the pre-existing positions would be able to contain such a man. We therefore proudly introduce UBES’s first Exploratory Expeditions Officer (or insert new title). Val has recently spent 4 months in the Caucasus mountains of Armenia and Georgia, during which he completed the first thru-hike of the proposed southern corridor of the Transcaucasian Trail. Traveling solo, he covered 1500km and also spent several weeks trail-building and exploring the wider Caucasus region. On weekend trips he is equally ambitious, and he usually manages to find a few willing victims to accompany him on his “walks”. Val is keen to expand the exploratory aspect of our expeditions (hence the title), and his initial plans sound just as epic as we’ve come to expect from him. As a Society we are excited for whatever brilliant adventure Val cooks up next, and only hope that he remembers that the rest of us are just human. MLt

Climbing Officer – Chloe Brooks


Climbing Officer – Archie Walker


Climbing Kit and Safety Officer – Claire Squires

Claire, Claire, the climbing extraordinaire! As a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, UBES is incredibly fortunate to have Claire as our very own kit and safety officer for all aspects of rock climbing; beastly bouldering, scintillating sport and terrific trad. Claire boasts a beautiful accent from God’s own country, Yorkshire, which coincidentally hosts her favourite rock type, gritstone! Her love of the wild has taken her throughout the globe, from Corfu to her favourite haunts in Scotland. Above all, Claire has a burning passion for being really, really safe. Whether you’re with us at the pub, or psyched to use a harness for the first time, our guardian angel will be there to keep you out of trouble.

General Kit and Safety Officer – Alice Denning

Though her irresistable smile might well lure you onto many a trip, don’t be fooled by her charming personality. Alice is one of UBES’ finest members, and is prepared to run her stores with ruthless efficiency. You’re in safe hands; as long as you don’t lose any of her kit, you can look forward to many a delightful convo on the hills. A competant climber, too, Alice has risen quickly through the UBES ranks, and you’ll probably find her anywhere vertical in the city or the mountains. WS

Social Secretary – Zoe Richmond

Lovable, smiling, bubbly, energetic, and ginger. Zoë is the Social secretary that will always have a smile or time to listen to you. Zoë is adventurous and is always up for trying new things. She might seem easily corruptible and prone to peer pressure, but don’t let this fool you. Her innocent outlook is merely a cunning disguise so that she will one day work up the ranks and eventually create a UBES dictatorship.

If you have come to your first UBES social on your own, look for this crazy girl and she will validate you by nodding at your every word. She might even take a few shots with you. She will make you feel like the funniest person in the room by laughing at everything you say. But be warned…her laugh has been known to cause plane crashes, since the sound waves can travel at unparalleled speeds. WS

Social Secretary – Faye Latham

Faye is a fearless, freewheeling and fiery female, who, as a 3rd year English student and passionate climber is no stranger to a touch of alliteration and some rock. If you ever find yourself on a walk with this fun-filled, Italian-loving individual you can be sure to be guided to the best wee-spots and be entertained by a torrent of sexual innuendo. Her ability to body traverse pretty much anyone stands her in good stead as bearer of organised fun, and if lost, she can easily be found by following the excitable and contagious laughter that often accompanies her. She is, quite frankly, a wonderful specimen and can be relied upon to bring merriment, hilarity and probably also alcohol to any situation-essential characteristics of a successful social sec.

Postgraduate Officer – Sam Huguet


Postgraduate Officer – James Wheeler

A strong climber, an extremely experienced hiker, and a trustworthy friend. James is in many ways the ideal UBESter. Across his 30+ weekend trips he has gained an incredible expertise at the most important parts of UBES life, such as body traversing, drinking old rosie, and frightening freshers.

With a mildly worrying talent for starting fires, and a very worrying number of knives, James is prepared for any situation. Delve deep into the depths of his pockets for anything you might need, from a pen to the kitchen sink. We’ve yet to encounter anything that James can’t MacGyver his way through.

Dripping in accolades from his progress through UBES, James is the 2015 Mendips King, 2016 Scavhunt winner, and the 2016/2017 UBESter of the year. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes UBESter of your heart.


Webmaster – Lucy Courtnall

Lucy, or ‘Lux’, is one of UBES’s most multicultural members. Very well travelled, she has had many adventures abroad and is fluent in Spanish. A keen mountaineer, this girl is exactly the companion you need when sheltering from an unexpected snowstorm in the Brecon Beacons. Friendly, down-to-earth, and great in a crisis, our webmaster has some excellent ideas for making UBES easy to access and virtually incredible (see what I did there?!). Keep an eye on this page, folks!

Foreign Correspondent – Catherine Easdon (Austria)

Whether you’re on a 12-hour day on Ben Nevis or holed up in an airport for a night, Catherine will always have something interesting to talk about (even if it is her lost baggage). If not, prompts such as asking about the John Muir trail, her orange Jägermeister hat, or where she wants to go for her summer trip will usually do the trick. You might actually get a proper answer from her, rather than the usual “Somewhere with mountains”. And if you’re worried about Scotland? Never fear for Catherine is here – quite at home on rock, soil, snow and in tents, she’s also adept at planning things early and can be relied on to get things done. MLt RFA2 WS RPS JCAMT

Foreign Correspondent – Darius Azadi (Germany)

Although with us but a short time, Darius has proven himself a committed and enthusiastic UBESter. Last year he was a near permanent fixture at any UBES event, from weekend trips and Scotland, to climbing and socials, and anyone who made it to such an event would remember his consistent smile and eccentricities such as a “slight” obsession with Feliz Navidad or removing his trousers atop the Carneddau. As such I am confident in saying that while he is now back in his home country and separated from us geographically, I am sure we have not heard the last from this UBESter and will have plenty more adventures to come.

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