The Committee is made up of elected members of the club, each with their own responsibilities. You can reach the whole committee by using the Contact Us page, or find each of our individual contact details below.

Joe Halford
President

Joe is a 2nd year medical student with a burning passion for all things ocean that has only grown since partaking in White shark conservation in South Africa last summer! Being relatively new to the diving scene, he takes every opportunity he can to get involved with the club. As president, he oversees the committee and club operations, and is always reachable by email or over a pint at the pub!

Emily Cruse
Vice-President

Emily is a final year vet student who, since joining the club in her second year, has qualified as a Dive Leader and Assistant Diving Instructor. Although she is a lover of colder U.K waters she spent her summer rehabilitating turtles and diving in the Seychelles. As Vice President her job is to help the other committee members and to help the President in the day-to-day running of the society.

Ollie Velasco
Diving Officer

After joining UBUC Ollie has qualified as an Assistant Diving Instructor and Dive Leader. Ollie is a Drama graduate and a keen underwater photographer and filmmaker, he learnt to dive with the club in the UK before venturing further afield on UBUC trips to Gozo and the Red Sea. As Diving Officer, Ollie's job is to ensure the safety of club members, encourage them to go diving, build on their current experience and ultimately have fun!

Katya Leuchtenberg
Secretary

Katya is a final year Chemistry Masters student and joined UBUC to get qualified as an Ocean Diver last year. She has always been inspired by the marine world and been lucky enough to visit the the Australian & Belize barrier reefs. Katya’s roles include keeping BSAC memberships/ medical forms up to date and taking minutes for all committee meetings.

Liam Draddy
Training Officer

Liam is a BSAC sports diver, joining UBUC in 2019. Having only dived in the UK, he is very passionate about UK diving and what it has to offer! He joined divers on trips last year and found everyone in the club friendly and welcoming. His role as Training Officer and Extended Training Officer is to coordinate the club’s training of the Ocean Diver course as well as further qualifications, and to organise any Skill Development Courses that may be of interest. If you have any ideas on SDCs you’d like to do, give him a message!

Will Miller
Treasurer

Will is a second year Cellular and Molecular Medicine student, joining UBUC last year as a fresher. He originally qualified through PADI in the UK before going to Australia to qualify as an Advanced Open Water and Rescue diver (Sports Diver equivalents). Will is the club's treasurer, looking after and overseeing the club’s finances.

Sverre Aarseth Tunstad
Equipment Officer

Sverre did his CMAS* 10 years ago, but living by the cold northern shores of Norway and not owning a dry suit he wisely decided to refrain from diving while at home. As a result he was spoilt from diving on tropical reefs when first diving with UBUC in the UK during his undergrad, but it proved to not half as bad as feared. After deciding to stay in Bristol, he wanted to do more diving with the club, and also help out, so he is now equipment officer, i.e. a glorified janitor.