As a registered charity, SUBU is required to assign a number of Trustees to help decide on big decisions that are made for the union. All charities must have purposes which are recognised as being exclusively charitable and which are for the public benefit.

SUBU is very proud of the positive and trusting culture that it has and strongly believes that the way we do things is as important as what we do. Our Trustees are an integral part of this as they help us to move towards our goal that: ‘By 2016 SUBU will have a positive impact upon every BU student’s journey.’

Charity trustees are the people who have the general control and management of a charity’s administration, so when recruiting trustees, we have to give careful consideration to the balance of skills on the trustee board. 

Trustees are responsible for the proper administration of the charity - They make sure that the charity’s assets and resources are used only for the purposes of the charity.

Trustees must accept ultimate responsibility for everything the charity does - The trustees are responsible for the vision, mission and management of the charity. They are accountable if things go wrong.

Trustees have to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to their charity - The law imposes a duty of care on the trustees of charities. This is sometimes expressed as a duty ‘to exercise such care and skill as is reasonable in the circumstances’.

Trustees must safeguard and protect the assets of the charity - A charity’s assets include its investments, cash, land, intellectual property, staff and reputation. We look at particular assets below.

Trustees have a duty to act collectively - Decisions and responsibilities are shared; so all trustees should take an active role.

Trustees must act in the best interests of their charity - The interests of the charity are paramount. Trustees should not allow their personal interests or views to override this: they must exercise independent judgment.

Trustees must avoid any conflict between their personal interests and those of the charity - the main implication of this is that, unless there is specific legal authority, charity trustees cannot receive any benefit from the charity.

Who sits on the Board of Trustees? Our Trustee Boars is made up of:

1 Chair of the board, which is the role of the SU President;

4 External Trustees (currently there are 3);

6 Student Trustees;

1 Staff Trustee (elected);

1 Executive Committee Member Trustee (elected) 


Your Trustees are:

Daniel Asaya - SUBU President 2016/17  


Karen Churchill - Student Trustee

I am a second year nursing student at Bournemouth based in Yeovil, which means I get to spend time in both locations, and have recently been appointed as a trustee. As mature student I have previously had a career in accounting, and I have a lot of experience of trusts and charities in both a professional and private capacity that will help with my new role. This is my first experience of university so even though I maybe more mature, I have a lot in common with everyone else and I’m hoping to help SUBU develop to be a positive organisation for everyone.


Robert Garza - Student Trustee

I am a double masters student that is currently studying MSc Events Marketing at Bournemouth University. Formerly a Senior Rep for SUBU, I have always tried to be involved with the University as much as time permits. As one of your newly elected Student Trustees, I am aware of the importance SUBU has at the University and want to be a part of the process that helps put the University and all it's students first. I am grateful for the opportunity as I see what an important role and commitment this position is and the the transferable skills it will have within my own career and CV. 


Geneva Guerrieri - Student Trustee

I am a third year marketing communications student at Bournemouth University and I am a new Student Trustee. I decided to take on the role of Student Trustee after attending several student meetings, which inspired my interest in understanding how SUBU works and the strategic plans that will impact the student members. I believe the transferrable skills and experience I will gain from this position will be of value to me during my career journey. I look forward to working with the other members of the Trustee Board to help SUBU benefit its student members and the local community.


Libby Howe - Student Trustee



Vaishni Patel - Student Trustee

I am an Ecology and Wildlife Conservation Student at Bournemouth University, currently on my placement year. The main reason I joined the trustee team this year is because SUBU has already provided me with so many great experiences, I wanted to help ensure that it could continue to effectively develop and thrive in order to do the same for any current and future members of the union.


Mark Smith - Student Trustee

After an amazing first year at BU studying Event Management, I look forward to making a contribution to SUBU and the community which offers us so much. SUBU really understands the importance of our voice as students, which is what I will bring to the Board.


Alexis Drayson - Staff Trustee

I have worked for SUBU for four and a half years, firstly as an Advice worker and now as SUBU Advice Manager. I have a degree in Health and Social Care Management and a PG Cert Ed. Prior to working in SUBU I worked in the askBU team and before that I taught Health and Social Care at A Level and CACHE - Child Care. I have always been driven by the notion that education creates opportunities and I've always strived to remove any barriers which students face when trying to reach their full potential. I am honoured to have been elected by my colleagues.  


Graham Briscoe - External Trustee

I am a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Information Technology Professional, Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of the British Institute of Facilities Management.  I have worked in many management services roles throughout my thirty year career with Royal SunAlliance (RSA ) encompassing - project and change management, information technology, facilities management, quality and customer service management.  Since 2003 following my retirement, I have built up a portfolio of “Community Investment” involvement, including Further Education College Governance, a visiting Fellowship and Lectureships in Higher Education, Housing Association Directorships, Charity Trustee appointments, Professional Institute Governance and " Change Management / Facilities Management " support to Charity, Voluntary and “Not for Profit” organisations in the South West.


Chris Buckley - External Trustee

I am a graduate of Bournemouth University and an ex-Sabbatical officer. I have worked in marketing for the last 18 years and am currently the Chief Digital Officer at London based creative agency Tullo Marshall Warren where I am a member of the Management Board. I am also a council member of the future trends council of the IAB and a Director of Things Unlimited.


Ian Catley - External Trustee

It is a privilege for me to have been invited to support the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University in acting as one of its external trustees. I have worked within the Voluntary Sector for some 24 years. For over twelve of these from 1992, my corporate fundraising team leadership at National cancer support charity Macmillan enabled me to create and sustain relationships with some of Britain’s biggest corporations. Thereafter, I was principally involved in heading a capital appeal for South of England regional charity About Face, supporting people who have a diagnosis of cancer of the head and neck. After opening the About Face Centre in Poole, the trustees invited me to serve as the charity’s Chief Executive. It was during this time that the charity was fortunate to be involved in a BU student-led initiative related to health issues, and my interest in SUBU was kindled. It is gratifying to be able to take this a step further as a trustee. I have also practised as a public relations and fundraising consultant, undertaking a range of projects including a short-term leadership function for the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Foundation Trust. I fervently hope to contribute something of my experience within the voluntary sector and business to enable SUBU to realise its vision as it seeks to “make a positive impact upon every student’s journey”.


Joanna Ann - Executive Committee Member Trustee

As a first year Law student and elected Education Executive Chair and Trustee member, I have taken all the opportunities in front of me which SUBU have supported and driven me to do. This has allowed me to gain the confidence of public speaking and improved my interpersonal skills and awareness of responsibility, which I had lacked prior to coming to Bournemouth University. I am looking forward to taking on such a big step for the sake of the student voice and working hand in hand with other members on the panel. 


Meeting Minutes, Documents, and Dates

Trustee Board:

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 30.10.2015 

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 04.02.2016 

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 15.04.2016 

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 14.06.2016

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 03.11.2016

AWAITING APPROVAL Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 10.02.2017 (these will be available once approved at the next meeting)


The Trustee Board Meetings for the remainder of academic year 2016/17 are:

  • 5th April 2017
  • 6th June 2017


Audit and Risk Committee:

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 01.10.2015

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 17.12.2015

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 05.05.2016

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 18.10.2016

AWAITING APPROVAL Audit and Risk Committee Meeting minutes - 25.11.2016 (these will be available once approved at the next meeting)


The final Audit and Risk Committee Meeting for the academic year 2016/17 will be on Thursday 27th April 2017.



SUBU Accounts Documentation for the AGM on 23rd November 2016:

Download the Draft Minutes of previous AGM on 23.03.2015

Download the Audited Accounts and Trustees Report 2014-15 (this contains detailed information on SUBU's accounts and finances over the year)

Download the Management Accounts 2014-15

Download the Finance: Figures and Charts 2014-15

Download the Appointment of Auditors (extract from Trustee Board Minutes, 04.02.2016)

Download the list of SUBU's Affiliations


SUBU Charity Commission Accounts July 2016

Download SUBU Charity Commission Accounts July 2016

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