The Executive

The NaSTA Executive consists of seven elected members. They have considerable experience in student media and represent Student television to the industry, sponsors and the NUS, offering their expertise on a variety of subjects such as Student union-relations, management, technical support and marketing advice.

The NaSTA executive has existed since the 2009/10 academic year since then the roles have evolved and transformed to become more focused on networking and support to the rest of NaSTA, each specialising in their own field.

Each member of the of the exec is elected by popular vote of all the affiliated stations at the NaSTA conference. Each vote is over seen by the returning officer and the results are announced at the NaSTA awards ceremony.

The Team

Benjamin Kay


Hailing from the faraway land of Wigan, Ben takes the role of Chair in order to bring together and guide all affiliates of NaSTA to a brighter future. Trained in Computer Science and former Station Manager of LA1TV, you can be assured that NaSTA’s Committee is in the best of hands. Alongside his technical prowess, Ben has a warm heart. He strives every day to develop inclusivity, fairness and bit of fun-loving chat. In his day to day life, Ben goes above and beyond to promote kindness, and this reflects into his NaSTA position where he ensures all Committee members are respected and that all members of NaSTA are heard. With a knack for personability and a keen knowledge of C++, there’s no one better to represent the Committee as NaSTA’s Chair.

Lucy Clumpas

Industry Liaison

Lucy was born in Scotland but have spent most of her life growing up in NZ. She returned to the UK to study film at the University of Bristol and became station manager and CO-Head of UBTV (alongside Sally Patterson) in her final year of uni. Student television has been one of the elements of her university experience she valued most. Lucy worked hard during her time at UBTV to develop relationships with industry professionals and external production companies. This year she aims to make sure each station builds and maintains a beneficial relationship with local production companies, broadcasters and industry professional with the support from NaSTA. She is looking forward to learning how each independent station operates and creating a strong network of talented students.

Callum Isaac

Training Officer

Callum is a recent graduate of the University of Leeds; having been Head of Live & Station Manager at LSTV. He’s worked on a wide range of programmes and is looking forward to helping stations collaborate and grow over the next year. Outside of NaSTA, he is the co-founder of video & design company; Knotwork.

Tom Mannall

Technical Officer

Coming in with close ties to our chair, Tom also studied Computer Science at Lancaster University where he held the position of Computer Manager in LA1TV. Now based in London, Tom is a Support Engineer at Pebble Beach Systems, making there no better person to take up the role of NaSTA’s Technical Officer. In charge of the website, and anything remotely technical the Committee needs to do, Tom is at the core of ensuring all information is effectively communicated to students. With an eye for problem solving and a constant smile on his face, Tom is the friendly tech guy you’ve always wanted. Tom is quite the traveller, having visited Spain, Qatar, and Israel all in the month of August. So you can ensure NaSTA’s 2018/19 tech will take us to a whole new level of culture.

Stuart Ritchie

Communications Officer

Stuart graduated from the University of Glasgow in English Literature/Digital Media & Information Studies. He’s a proud GUST alumni, where he was ‘Head of Creative Programming’, but has since thrown aside friendly station rivalry to ensure the best possible NaSTA experience for all stations. Spurred to enter NaSTA by an unjust appeals system, Stuart is driven to ensure that no stations are messed around and that students are the ones held at the core of Student Television. With a goofy personality and a tendency to unnecessarily use surfer slang (California year-abroad), Stuart is here to make sure that you hear all the lit info to come out of NaSTA. And most importantly, to make sure that NaSTA hears you.

Alex Smith


Alex is NaSTA Secretary, having been Communications Officer last year. Previously he was Station Manager at SUSUtv where they were ‘Highly Commended’ for the NUS Best Media Society Award. After studying MA Broadcast Journalism at City, University of London he now works as a Media Co-Ordinator for BBC News.

Sally Patterson

Marketing Officer

Sally recently graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Politics and Socioliogy, and is now serving as the elected Equality, Liberation & Access Officer at Bristol SU. Having been Head of News at UBTV, then President of the station, Sally wasn’t quite ready to let go of student television yet! She decided to run for NaSTA in order to ensure that women were represented on the committee, and students from across the board felt welcome and involved with student television. She is passionate about making NaSTA inclusive and user-friendly, and will be bringing you updates, info and guidelines alongside comms officer Stuart! My biggest aim this year is to make sure both our stations and members feel welcome in NaSTA, know what’s going on and how they can get involved!