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

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.


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.


Olu Baptist - External Trustee

My background as a Chemical Engineer and exposure as a global business leader at board level lends itself well to serve as External Trustee for the Students' Union.  I have extensive experience leading and working with multi-disciplinary teams with close collaboration with leaders in other key functions such as Finance, Human Resources and Investors.  With a global professional experience I am excited about the prospect of engaging with the multicultural melting pot that makes Bournemouth University very unique and attractive. The current SUBU leadership team being a prime example. I  hope that I can leverage on my commercial exposure to ensure SUBU remains financially sound, profitable and introduce sustainable and ethical revenue generating initiatives for the benefit of students and staff alike.

Aside from business endeavours I have a passion to serve my community through a personal vision to add value to the lives of our constituency. I serve as a Board of Trustee for a Bournemouth based charity with a passion to reach out to professionals and the less privileged. I have found this as a rewarding opportunity to be of service. The current opportunity with SUBU aligns with this with a specific attention to student progress. Most importantly I have a passion for people, specifically, hands-on assistance to ensure I leave a positively indelible print that serves as a platform for their further success. Having studied through to PhD level I have seen the cycle of the challenges faced by students and young people - both to those who succeeded and otherwise. It is incumbent on me and others in a similar position to give back such that future generations of students and young people have a better opportunity than we experienced. Having come into contact with a number of Bournemouth University students over the past 13 years through mentoring and community support initiatives I consider it a privilege to serve on the board for the benefit of the institution and all connected therein.



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.


We are recruiting!!

Student Trustee vacancy

SUBU recruits student trustees to be part of our Trustee Board.

There is currently a unpaid vacancy for 3 student trustees for 2019/2020.

The term of office is for two years so that means that it would probably be best if you are likely to be a student at BU for at least two more years.

This Board has the overall responsibility for the management of SUBU, its financial solvency as well as its ongoing strategy and strategic plan.

It holds the Managers and staff of SUBU to account.

The Board meets four times a year, in semester time.

Attendance and preparation for these meetings will be your main role. These meetings tend to take around three and a half hours.

There are also four  Audit And Risk Committee (ARC) meetings per year and the occasional ‘task and finish’ group. Each of these meetings tend to take one and a half hours each.

 Attendance at these other meetings (ARC and T and F group), unless specified, is voluntary.

Your role as a Student Trustee is to bring a sense of what the students need and feel about the current provision of SUBU. It is not an elected representative role.  This is a great opporuntity to

  • Learn new skills that you can take into any graduate career
  • Be involved in influencing and implementing postive change
  • Experience how people and organisations work
  • Stand out in the recruitmwent field with this postion on your CV
  • Gain valuable experience working as part of a respected and sucessful organisation, making a difference to students at BU

For details on what the role entails then please download the Information pack:

Student Trustee Pack

Or contact: Debbie D'Silva

It may also be helpful to look at the following pages from the Charity Commission to get some detail on what a trustee is expected to do.

SUBU will provide training via an external one day course and in house training

Please apply by 12 noon on Monday 4th November 2019 with a cover note (no more than 200 words) as to why you are interested in the role and what you believe you can bring to the SUBU Trustee Board . Interviews will be held in weeks commencing 13th November 2019.

Please send the cover note to