The Trustee Board of the Students’ Union is the top level of governance and management at the organisation, and the group of individuals responsible for the long term strategic direction and stability of the charity. The Board members are the three Sabbatical Trustees elected each year, two Student Trustees and up to five External Trustees. All the Trustees are also Directors of the company that is limited under guarantee and so Trustee Board meetings also constitute meetings of the Board of Directors. More details regarding the Trustee Board’s powers and responsibilities can be found in Articles 32 to 59 of the Students’ Union Memorandum and Articles of Association found here. On an operational basis the Trustee Board discharges powers and authority to the Chief Executive Officer through the Delegation of Authority; this in turn empowers the Chief Executive Officer to manage and run the charity on operational basis.
The Presidents are elected by a cross campus ballot in February each and take up their one year term of office from the 1st of July following their election. There are three Sabbatical Officers in accordance with Article 33.1 to posts specified in the Bye-Laws and each of these Sabbatical Officers shall also hold office as a Sabbatical Trustee until he or she ceases to be a Sabbatical Officer in accordance with Article 40. The Sabbatical Officers shall be deemed to be “major union office holders” for the purposes of Section 22 of the Education Act.
There are up to five External Trustees who are appointed by a simple majority vote of the Appointments Committee held in accordance with the Bye-Laws. Unless their appointment is terminated in accordance with Articles 36 to 38, External Trustees shall remain in office for a term of up to three years commencing in accordance with the Bye-Laws. External Trustees may serve for a maximum of two terms which may either be consecutive or non-consecutive. The External Trustees are typically individuals with specific professional backgrounds and bring the perspective of these expertise to the discussions at the Trustee Board and ensure the longer term direction and activities of the Union are sustainable.
There are up to two Student Trustees who are appointed by a simple majority vote of the Appointments Committee held in accordance with the Bye-Laws. The Student Trustees must be a student at the time of his or her appointment (and shall continue to be a student for the duration of his or her term as a Student Trustee). The Student Trustees shall remain in office for a term of two years commencing in accordance with the Bye-Laws. The term of office may be shorter or longer on a transitional basis to coincide with the alteration of the year start or end. The Student Trustees bring the perspective of current students to the discussions at the Trustee Board and ensure the longer term direction and activities of the Union has the interests of the students at its heart.
One of the many legal responsibilities undertaken by Chris as Chief Executive is that of Company Secretary. In this capacity Chris ensures that the Students’ Union and the Directors (Trustees) are compliant with the Companies Act 2006, and also acting and operating within the provisions of the Students’ Union Articles of Association.
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