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 2018/19

I am from Lagos, Nigeria where I lived for 20 years before coming to London 3 years ago.

I recently graduated with a Masters in Human Resources from BU. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Babcock University Ogun state, Nigeria.  

In 2018 I was elected as the President of the Students’ Union and Chair of the Board.  I share the Students' Unions goal of making a positive impact on every BU students Journey.  I want to ensure that every student is satisfied with their whole experience while at BU.


Mark Smith - Student Trustee

I'm a final year Event Management student who has been sitting on the Trustee Board and Audit & Risk Committee for the past two years, which has flown by! I decided to apply for this position to give back to SUBU, an organisation which offers us so much, and I've loved every minute of it! SUBU really understands the importance of our voice as students, which is what I will bring to the board. Having completed my placement year at a Borough Council I hope to bring back lessons learned in my final year on the board. There is a lot more to SUBU than most students realise, I encourage everyone to get involved in one way or another and I look forward to seeing the new sabbs deliver on their manifestos in the coming year.


Devon Biddle - Student Trustee

As a Business Student at Bournemouth University, I am determined to uphold the integrity of the Student Union by making sure that everything SUBU does keeps the purpose of the charity in mind. I am looking forward to working with the other trustee members to make sure the students are at the forefront of every decision, as well as making diversity and inclusion a priority to give all communities and groups a fair chance.


Sophie Nott - Staff Trustee

I have been with SUBU for over 7 years working in Representation, as a Training Coordinator and now Assistant Manager for SUBU Lansdowne. During my time here I have had a positive insight into many areas of the Student Union and have had a keen interest in the running of the organisation from a Charity point of you. I was very honoured to be elected on to the Trustee Board and given the opportunity to help steer SUBU in its continued efforts to move forward with students at the heart of everything we do.


Jenni Winter - External Trustee

SUBU was a huge part of my university life when I studied for a BA Hons in Retail Management in 2002-2006. It all started when I helped set up various societies including both the Kayaking and Horse Riding Societies. I then went on the become Vice President Representation 2006-7 and finally Partnerships Development Co Ordinator 2007-8. After this I moved up to Surrey to pursue a fast track career in Project Management and finally HR, culminating in a role as a Global Consultant in Talent Management for a world leading Telecomms company. I decided however that this was not the career or lifestyle I wanted long term, despite it giving me huge insight into Global Business. In 2014 I set up my own company as a Mindset and Performance Pyshcology Coach using the skills and qualifications I had developed in my previous career. I mostly work with sports people (particularly horse riders as this is still my great passion) but also businesses and their leaders. I applied for the SUBU Trustee role so that I could give something back to the organisation that was certainly pivotal in developing me as the person I am today. I also felt I had a huge range of skills and knowledge I could bring to the board from my varied experiences. 


Martin James - External Trustee

My background is in Human Resources. I'm a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and I worked for 30 years in various HR management roles in IBM. After that I joined the Board of Governors at the University of Portsmouth and was Deputy Chair of the Board from 2009 until my term of office ended in 2015. I'm currently a trustee for two local charities - Off the Record South East Hampshire and Autism Wessex.


Catriona Cannon - External Trustee

I took on my present role as Deputy Librarian and Keeper of Collections in December 2014. Prior to this I was Associate Director, Collection Support from June 2011, having joined the Bodleian Libraries in January 2010 as Assistant Director, Collections and Resource Description. From 2005 to 2010 I was Head of Information Resources and Bibliographic Services Manager, Information Services and Systems at King’s College London. I previously held posts at the University of the Arts London, University College Dublin, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Warburg Institute. 

In my current role, I am responsible for coordinating the Libraries' public engagement strategy, working with colleagues across the University of Oxford to ensure that the Libraries can deliver the University’s strategy in the most effective manner possible. I oversee the academic and public services of the Bodleian Libraries, aligning the Libraries' information services with the teaching and research needs of the University and providing support for external readers. I also provide, through the Keeper of Special Collections, strategic leadership of special collections, and the University Archives.  I am a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. 

I graduated from Trinity College Dublin (French and Latin) in 1990, received an MPhil in European Literature from the University of Oxford in 1992 and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College London in 1995. I have published and presented on collection management, open access to scholarly publications and legal deposit, and curated a display on the 20th-century novelist Barbara Pym. I became a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in 1997.


Arthur Richier - External Trustee

After graduating from the University of Manchester and 3 years spent working in Singapore as a financial auditor for Ernst & Young, I have recently moved back to the UK to pursue an MSc. in London. With the SUBU Trustee appointment I have been offered a fantastic opportunity to be part of the journey of a fast-growing, internationally-reknowned university. I wish to bring to the board my experience in financial audit and project management, in addition to my proximity to students in today's world being a current postgraduate student myself.


Jack Towyn Wallis - Student Trustee

I am a final year Marketing Communications student at Bournemouth University, with high hopes of leaving a lasting impression on the university through this Student Trustee position. After my time as President of the Marketing Society in 2016, I wanted to continue to work on giving BU students the opportunities and experiences they deserve through SUBU. SUBU already provides so many incredible services to BU students, but I want to improve any areas that I can to help students reach their full potential, and bring new ideas to the table that I think have a place in the Union. I have spent a year working at a scale-up company in London that provides a extraordinary level of transparency between the board and the employees - I hope to bring insight and experiences from this year to the position to further improve the union-student relationship.

Lotachukwu Nwokolo - Student Trustee

I am a fourth year Cyber Security Management student. I spent my third year in a variety of IT placements, including a year with GlaxoSmithKline in West London and a further 8 weeks over summer with BlackRock in Edinburgh. I look forward to bringing to my position as a Student Trustee my enthusiasm and strong belief in a more equal and diverse Bournemouth University. And I also am truly excited to seeing what I can learn from my fellow members of the board!

Imeutinya Giwa-Osagie - Student Trustee

I am a Business Studies student, currently in my 3rd year.

Having lead and participated in various initiatives and campaigns within SUBU, I understand the inner workings on the Union and I also understand what it is like to be a student, the needs, issues and interests which comes with it. I plan to use this experience and insight to ensure that SUBU Is always acting in the best interest of us students,  working alongside the other trustees to ensure all resources are distributed appropriately and to the right place.


Sol Brown - Student Exec Trustee

I am currently a second year software engineering student, a member of the executive committee and a highly active member of the Union since my first year. I'm hopeful to provide insight and knowledge I have of the Union, ensure that students are kept at the centre of all decisions made and prioritize the students' interests and values. I became involved for the students, to better their experience and have a positive impact on their journey and I wish to continue that service on the Board aiming towards a more equal and inclusive union.


Zainab Imam – Student Exec Trustee

I am a Master’s in Media and Communications student, a student representative, a student Ambassador working with the IT Services at the University, and a member of the student union’s executive committee. I always strive to get involved in student led activities as well as contribute best I can, and I believe being a member of the trustee board will help further my advocacy for the inclusion of students which is one of the reasons I am a member of the union. I would also like to contribute to the improving of SUBU communication, as well as advance the cause and welfare of the entire student body. Fun fact about me: I studied performing arts in my undergraduate degree, so I am very good at communicating.