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

Ollie joined UBUC in 2014 and has since 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!

Maddie Noll
Secretary

Maddie learnt to dive with UBUC in her 3rd year of Zoology and has since been keen to dive. Maddie’s secretarial duties include keeping memberships and medical forms up to date and taking minutes in meetings, so feel free to give her a shout with anything admin-y! She is the club's contact with BSAC HQ.

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!

Ivan Stewart-Blacker
Treasurer

Ivan is a second year philosophy student who will be joining all the ocean diver trainees this year in getting their qualification. With a passion for the environment and all things in nature he cannot wait to finally get into the open water! As Treasurer he makes sure the financial numbers add up, and to chase people up over late payments

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.