Why do we have a Trustee board?
In 2008, the Guild of Students become a charitable Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) and as a result a Trustee Board was established to provide guidance, expertise and strategic oversight of the Guild of Students. The Guild became a Charity in 2010.
The Trustee Board have ultimate responsibility for the overall management of the Guild. This responsibility is delegated on a day to day basis to the Chief Executive, the Management and staff team. The Trustees must ensure that the Guild remains legally compliant and solvent, and in ‘safe hands’ in accordance with our Articles of Association and the Bye-laws.
The Trustees meet six times each year and is the key decision making body at the Guild. Generally, the Board does not get involved in the political issues or policy setting, which is led the Full Time Officers and students through our Member’s Democratic Process. Instead, the Trustees ensure that the Guild has a clear vision and strategic direction; to ensure that there are enough funds to ensure we can do the things that students expect us to offer and that we comply with all regulatory requirements. This also involves the Trustees regularly discussing the performance and targets set in the Strategic plan; the annual budget and its performance; improving our democratic structures and ensuring that we respond to the research we undertake with our students.
Who are the members of the Trustee board?
The Trustee Board is comprised of 18 Trustees.
- Seven of the Trustees are elected Full Time Officers, who are also responsible for representing the student body and elected in the annual main election process
- Four of the Trustee are Student Trustees, who are appointed because of their skills and experience. There is at least one Student Trustee with the following background; Postgraduate, Undergraduate and International
- Seven of the Trustees are External Trustees who are appointed because of their skills, experience, interest and commitment to the Guild. One of these Trustees is a nominee from the University.