External Trustees

Linda Maughan

Linda has extensive experience in Human Resources and Personnel management. Hartepool born, she worked for the NHS in London for 14 years including a period as Personnel Director of the Great Ormond Street group of hospitals. More recently she moved in to local government in the North East and held a series of key roles including the position of Director of Human Resources at Middlesbrough Council.

She now works as an independent HR Consultant and alongside her extensive professional experience she's also a graduate of Essex University and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In her spare time she's a keen amateur pianist and holds a grade 4 piano certificate, something she's particularly proud of as she only started to learn as an adult.

"I've been looking for the right Trustee opportunity for a while and joining the Board of Trustees here is a fantastic chance to make an important contribution to an organisation that I know provides invaluable help and support to young people. As a mother of two sons, one a recent graduate and the other currently going through the university experience, I feel I understand the value of the work that a Students' Union does. I'm delighted to have the chance to add something to that through my skills and expertise. I was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm of the other Trustees I have met and I always try to match that."


Clare Powne

Clare was born in Ethiopa and attended primary school in Uganda where her parents were teachers for the British Council. Her family eventually settled in Somerset and she grew up there before embarking on a thirty five year career working in seven different universities in England, Scotland and Australia. She has recently take retirement from her role leading libraries at The University of Exeter and, despite working at some distance in recent years, her permanent home has been in the North East for ther past seventeen years. 

"I've always been committed to putting students at the heart of everything I've done during my career and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Student Officers and other student representatives to ensure library and student support services are constantly adapting to meet student needs." Clare says "I joined the Board of Trustees as a way of continuing to help students make the most of everything their university experience offers through the all of the excellent work done by Teesside University Students' Union. I hope my in-depth knowledge of higher education will be of value to the organisation and I'm pleased to be continuing to make a similar contribution at Durham University."


Graham Wright

Graham is an educator and assessor, he works with a range of UK organisations who award qualifications and classifications to learners. He is a member of the Chevening Reading Committee and, in that role, he assesses overseas applications for British university grants awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In addition, he acts as an assessor for Arts Council England and has taught in a number of multi-cultural environments helping young people to become more creative and develop their personal and social skills.

“I’m delighted to have been invited to join the Board and, having experienced first-hand the huge difference all kinds of education can make to people’s lives, I am keen to do all I can to help the students’ union keep improving and widening the role it plays in the student experience. I believe that education, particularly at HE level, encourages people to take a broader outlook on life and I am especially interested in how TUSU can work with the University to further widen the scope of student development here. In my opinion, participation in education is a key way of improving people’s understanding of the feelings and opinions of others so it plays a hugely important role in society.”


Mark Grayling

Mark is originally from Norwich and a Father of four and Grandfather of three. He brings invaluable and extensive experience to the TUSU Board from a career of over 30 years that has included two periods working for the National Union of Students (NUS) and the leadership of four different students' unions as General Manager/ Chief Executive including University of Bradford Union, Nottingham Trent Students' Union, the University of East London and University College London Union. He has also worked as Office Manager for two MPs and had key development roles with London Metropolitan University and Birbeck College (University of London).


He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a licensed Football Association Coach and qualified Referee. In his limited spare time, he enjoys walking in the countryside, football coaching, scouting and refereeing, participating in a range of sport and supporting organisations such as the Youth Hostel Association, English Heritage, Art Fund and more.


"It's a great pleasure to be invited to join the Board here at TUSU having seen the excellent progress of the organisation and the vital role it plays in the student experience at Teesside over the past two decades. I'm hoping my wide ranging experience of and passion for the students' union movement can help the Elected Officers and staff to realise their ambitious plans for the next few years. I know from my first hand experience, what a transformative effect that a great students' union can have on the lives of students from all kinds of backgrounds. I'm looking forward to playing a small part in helping TUSU to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by an ever more diverse student body."