YOUR Students' Union is governed by the Board of Trustees which is made up of the elected Exec Team (Officer Trustees) plus a group of professionals from the wider world selected for their specific skills and expertise (External Trustees). Collectively, as the Board of Trustees, this group has ultimate responsibility for everything that the Students' Union does. It is responsible for the governance and financial and strategic management of the Students' Union.
In particular the Board of Trustees has the following three roles:
To make sure that everything we do benefits the students at the University of Sunderland.
As the Students' Union is a registered charity with set aims and objectives, we are required to ensure that everything we do benefits the students at the University of Sunderland. As well as monitoring what the Students' Union is doing now, the Trustee Board approves our strategic plan, ensuring that we will continue to benefit future generations of Sunderland students.
To ensure that the Students' Union remains financially solvent.
If the Students' Union is to carry on benefiting students, it must have the money both in the short and long term to do this. For example, the Trustees have to approve all significant items of expenditure and the annual budget.
To ensure that the Students' Union doesn't break any laws or regulations relating to the work that we carry out.
As the Students' Union offers so many services to our members, there are many laws and regulations that we have to follow. If the Students' Union were found to have broken any of these, it is the Trustees who would be ultimately responsible and could potentially face legal action.
Deonte studied Mechanical Engineering for his undergraduate degree at Swansea University before moving to Sunderland to study Engineering Management for his masters.
Jelena was a student at Sunderland for 4 years, studying a BA in International Tourism and Hospitality Management followed by an MA in Public Relations.
Tosan studied Engineering at Sunderland.
Kevin is a BA English student at Sunderland.
Colin graduated in Pharmacy from Sunderland in 1974 and has worked in Pharmacy in the Hospital, Industry, Academia and Community Sectors. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and is a recipient of the RPS Charter Silver Medal. Colin is in his 4th year as a Trustee of Sunderland SU and is also a committee member of Sunderland University Hope Winch Society. Colin is also presently Head Governor of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS FT, Chairman of South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust (SLHT), Trustee and Director of Cumbria County Volunteer Services and Honorary Assistant Professor at Nottingham University.
Marie is an experienced Chartered Manager who has committed the past 13 years to improving the lives of individuals and communities, in particular young people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and most in need. She is a 2012 fellow of the Clore Social Leadership programme
Laura is a freelance Consultant currently supporting work at Bradford College Students' Union where she was formally Chief Executive.
Sarah works at the National Union of Students' (NUS).
The Board of Trustees delegate some of their duties to other committees. Who sits on these committees and what they do are described here.
The terms of reference for the Board of Trustees is as given in the Union’s Articles of Association.
The titles and terms of reference for the Board of Trustees Committees are as outlined below.