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SUWC COMMITTEE 2016-17

Here's a quick look at the people responsible for what we get up to this year
Andrew Wood

Andrew Wood

President

I am returning from a year in industry at AstraZeneca for the final year of my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. I joined the club back in Freshers’ Week in 2013 and have gone on to become the club’s equipment officer in 2014-15 and a grade 1 leader. I am excited to be returning as president to oversee the smooth running of the club and to encourage more students to venture out to the Peak District. My favourite walk in the Peak District is along Rushup Edge, with the stunning vistas from Lord's Seat and Mam Tor, topped off by a pint of Old Rosie cider at The Rambler Inn in Edale!

Molly Preger

Molly Preger

Vice President and Inclusions Officer

I am currently embarking on my second year at Sheffield studying History. I, like many of my fellow walkers in the club, joined the group back in Freshers week and am very much looking forward to taking a more active role as Secretary this year. For me, nothing beat relaxing out in the Peaks after a week of work (and I've found it to be a good hangover cure too).

Cam Hay

Cam Hay

Walks Officer

I'm going into my fourth year doing Electronic and Communications Engineering. I only joined the club last year as I spent my first few years of uni working but decided this was a far better use of time! I'm now the Walks Officer so I'm the person responsible for making sure we've got enough people to lead every walk. I'm also a level 2 leader myself so expect to see me on a lot of this year's walks. My favourite place to walk is around the Chatsworth Estate there are some amazing views and more pubs than you could ever want!

Alex Nice

Alex Nice

Publicity Officer and Trips Officer

Hello! I’m Alex, the publicity officer and some part of the trips officer team too, so I’m basically the one sending out the email each week plus helping to organise our occasional stays away in other parts of the UK. I’m a final year languages student too, so if you don’t understand something based on the club’s crazy sense of humour, I can probably translate it for you.
My favourite walk to show people is the Mam Tor > Winnats Pass > Castleton route, which is basically a big hill with madly wild weather followed by a deep grassy valley gorge-type thing and then a picturesque village. I joined this group a) because the Peak District’s right next door to us and b) the club is well-organised but at the same time doesn’t take itself too seriously - as long as you don’t break the golden rule of wearing jeans on a walk (you’ll be hearing that often enough, it’s a safety thing) we’ll be happy to show you what the landscape around Sheffield and beyond has to offer! We get quite a high amount of international students too, so don’t worry if you’re not feeling that confident - if you have any doubts, just send us an email or Facebook message.

Dan Stark

Dan Stark

Lord Chief Commissar, Admiral of the 7th Fleet

Hi, I'm currently in my third year studying military history and strategy. I've been with the walking club quite some time now, and have loved every minute of it. My favourite moment was probably when I led thirty five dreadnought class battle cruisers around the Cape of Good Hope and conquered France. But after last year's frivolity, this year I wanted to take a more active role in the committee, and so I took on the daunting twin roles of admiral and commissar. In my role as commissar I'm responsible for maintaining order in the committee and ensuring everyone is pulling their weight, else they will be removed. You may have noticed how our social sec no longer appears on this page, for instance.

I love the scenery and the views in the Peak District, and there's nothing quite like relaxing at the end of a long walk in one of the many pubs with a bottle of 90% proof Russian vodka. My favourite walk is probably from Edale to Vladivostok through the stunning Siberian tundra, with its wild wolves and wilder weather.

Isaam Mawhoube

Issam Mawhoube

Fundraising Officer and Kit Officer

Hiya! My name is Issam Mawhoube; I am an overseas student from Morocco doing an engineering course. Being the Charity officer as well as the kit officer for this academic year means I have the double responsibility of raising funds to support our chosen charity and at the same time making sure all the kit needed for the walks is in order. For my favourite walk is any walk that involves bad weather, it just gives you way more stories to tell!

Anthony Choi

Anthony Choi

Treasurer

I joined the club in 2012 and I am currently a PhD student in the chemistry department. Being club treasurer I deal with all the money that goes through the club, whether that be club memberships or money for trips. My favourite place to walk is Grindleford. Not only is it home to Curbar edge, which provides some nice views on a good day, the train station café also does pint mugs of tea! 

James Gath

James Gath

Safety and Training Officer

This is my fourth year in the club and my third year on committee having been Walks Officer in 2014/15 and then President last year. I absolutely love walking, and go out with the club pretty much every week. There’s so many lovely places to explore, and it makes a good escape (albeit sometimes too good) from all the work I have to do as part of my Chemical Engineering degree. This year I’m the club’s safety and training officer, so will be the one making sure you don’t walk off any cliffs (no matter how hungover you are) and teaching the new set of walks leaders how to lead and navigate, providing I don’t get lost myself that is! I would tell you what my favourite walk is, but it’s just too hard to choose; there’s so many good walks out there. I do have a soft spot for Stanage Edge however, which although is still technically within the city of Sheffield, may as well be in the middle of nowhere and offers spectacular views of the Hope Valley and beyond.

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