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 2018 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.
Full training is provided for all Trustees to ensure they have all the skills they need.
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;
6 Student Trustees;
1 Staff Trustee (elected);
2 Executive Committee Member Trustees (elected)
Your Trustees are:
Abdurasheed Adeyinka Balogun - SUBU President 2019/ 20
Sophie Nott - Staff Trustee
Jenni Winter - External Trustee
Martin James - External Trustee
Catriona Cannon - External Trustee
Olu Baptist - External Trustee
Imeutinya Giwa-Osagie - Student Trustee
Stephanie Njoaguani - Student Trustee
Mark Stephenson - Student Trustee
Louise Facer - Student Trustee
Sarah Lawerence - Executive Trustee