About Us

President of the University of Glasgow Settlement

Kenneth CalmanSir Kenneth Charles Calman was elected Chancellor of the University of Glasgow in 2006. Professor Calman lectured in Surgery before his appointment to the Cancer Research Chair in 1974 and became Professor and Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education in 1984. In 1989 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer at the Scottish Office Home and Health Department. Calman was Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health in London from 1989 to 1991 and worked in the Department of Education and Science and its successors from 1991 until his appointment as Vice-Chancellor and Warden at the University of Durham in 1998. He was awarded an honorary DSc and a KCB in 1996.

Secretary of the Settlement Committee 

Alison SpurwayAlison Spurway is currently Secretary of the Settlement and Chair of the Management Committee. She was a University of Glasgow administrator up to her retirement at the end of 2005. As a life-long member of the Girl Guide Association, Alison has a passion for the voluntary sector and is keen to ensure that students are introduced to the work of the various charities in the city and understand their important role in our society. She is proud to be associated with the Settlement which has made a major contribution to relieving poverty and enhancing the lives of Glasgow’s citizens for over 100 years.

Treasurer of the Settlement Committee 

davidDavid Nicholls is the treasurer for the University of Glasgow Settlement and has a small accounting and consulting practice in the West End of Glasgow (Brett Nicholls Associates). David has two young children and is proud to have been born in Christchurch, New Zealand.


Committee Members

lizanneLizanne McKerrell, a graduate in English and Economics, is a retired Arts and Event Manager and teacher. She has sat on the Board of several Scottish Arts Companies (NYCoS, Westbourne Music, Scottish Opera, The National Childbirth Trust, the General Council and 1451 club, Cecilian Opera Company, etc) and has chaired several of these. Her skills are in innovating and motivating and she has started up organisations such as Children’s Classic Concerts, Westbourne Music, Friends of Scottish Opera and the Via project at Glasgow University. Her other interests are singing, Italy, Opera and snorkelling.

chris buckland

Chris Buckland, a graduate in History and Politics from the University of Glasgow, has worked in the Higher Education sector since 2006.  Currently a Compliance Manager at the University of Glasgow, he has been active with the Settlement since 2007, during which time he established and acted as the initial Project Manager for the Find a Solution scheme, and served as Company Treasurer from 2009 to 2012.

LizLiz Thomas was awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year’s honours list in 2002 for her work with the voluntary sector.  She has 20 years’ experience of working in social economy organisations and has participated in a wide range of local, regional and national initiatives and programmes and has served on a variety of boards including Senscot, Arts and Communities Scotland and Renfrewshire Environmental Trust. Before retiring from full time employment she was CEO of Renfrewshire Council Voluntary Service.  Liz is currently an executive director of a Management Support Co-op and non-executive director of Scottish Training Foundation.

 Adina Dudau

Adina Dudua: after quite an unusual series of career shifts (including work in the public, private and voluntary sectors in Romania, Greece and UK), Adina enrolled into full-time academic work in 2005. Her doctoral research focused on partnership working in safeguarding children. Upon completion of her PhD, she has taken the post of Lecturer in Management which she currently holds. Adina’s main research interest is in public sector partnerships and draws on a number of theoretical lenses, including risk and crisis management, networks, management control, leadership and new institutionalism. She has published in Public Policy and Administration, Public Management Review and Management Accounting Research.

14 - 294 Georgios Kominis Business Schooll000 (3)George Kominis after working as Chief Accountant with Greenpeace Greece, George completed an MAcc and PhD at the University of Glasgow before being appointed as Lecturer in the Adam Smith Business School in 2002.  In the last four years his research has mainly concentrated on systems of performance measurement, evaluation and reward, and the way these influence the process of motivation at the middle management level. George is a member of the editorial board of Scientific Touristic Journal, and he frequently reviews papers for a number of leading international accounting journals, including Management Accounting ResearchAccounting and Business Research, and the British Accounting Review.

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Maria Fletcher joined the University of Glasgow’s School of Law in 2000 as a Teaching Assistant in European Law and subsequently became a Lecturer (June 2002) and then Senior Lecturer (September 2008) in European Law.  She teaches on EU law-related courses at both under-graduate and post-graduate level.  Ms Fletcher is the School of Law Employability Officer and is on the Steering Group of the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and is chairperson of Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre.

Ameer Ibrahim is the current Vice President (Student Activities) at Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council. Ameer oversees the volunteering activities of the SRC, which allows students an opportunity to volunteer in a number of different areas both within the university and also in the wider community. Ameer is an undergraduate student in Accountancy and provides a student’s perspective on the U of G Settlement committee.



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