Professional and Support Staff Trade Union Member

Ellen has been a careers adviser at GCU for over 15 years. She has vast experience of delivering careers guidance to university and college students, school pupils and adults. She is a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and the Career Development Institute. Before qualifying as a careers adviser she worked in Human Resources and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Ellen comes with a strong trade union background. She is a member of GCU Unison Branch and was Branch Chair for 5 years. She has also been extremely active in Unison at a Scottish and UK level. Offices she has held include Co-Chair of the Unison Scotland Higher Education Service Group Executive (HESGE) and Vice Chair of the Unison HESGE Conference Standing Orders Committee. She has served on the Standing Orders Committee for the Unison National Women’s Conference and been GCU branch representative at Unison Scottish Council. Ellen has participated in many national union conferences, where key policy and decisions are made.

Equality and diversity is one of Ellen’s passions. She is currently a GCU Equality Champion and was formerly GCU Unison Branch Equalities Officer. This is a passion she has brought to her role as a Careers Adviser, where she has led on key equality based initiatives for GCU Careers Service.

Ellen brings to the role of Trade Union nominated governor on Court extensive experience of working with staff across GCU and the HE sector, gained from her trade union and careers adviser roles.