Want to become a Trustee?

We are currently recruiting 4 new Student Trustees for the 2019-20 academic year - download the Information and Application Pack for more details. Click here to apply AND please remember to send your completed Equal Opportunities Form to trustees@warwicksu.com ! Deadline: Noon on 23rd April 2019. 


The Trustee Board is made up of:

  • Student Officer Trustees – each of the 7 full-time Student Officers are Trustees of Warwick Students' Union.
  • Student Trustees – there are up to 6 Trustees of the SU who are Warwick students (not Student Officers, student staff, Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer). These are appointed by the Board and Union Council.
  • Lay Trustees - there are up to 5 external non-student members of the Board. These are also appointed by the Board and Union Council.

The President of Warwick SU is the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Student Officer Trustees

  • Liam Jackson - President

    Liam Jackson President (Chair of the Board)

  • Larissa Kennedy  - Education Officer

    Larissa Kennedy Education Officer

  • Ben Newsham -Democracy & Development Officer

    Ben NewshamDemocracy & Development Officer

  • Jemma Ansell - Welfare & Campaigns Officer

    Jemma Ansell
    Welfare & Campaigns Officer

  • Ellie King - Postgraduate Officer

    Ellie KingPostgraduate Officer

  • Leo Palma - Societies Officer

    Leo Palma
    Societies Officer

  • Balraj Dhingra - Sports Officer

    Balraj Dhingra
    Sports Officer

Student Trustees

  • Max Renna

    Max Renna Law and Business

  • Brendan Tan - Accounting and finance

    Brendan TanAccounting and finance

  • Bethany Kynman

    Bethany Kynman Politics and International Studies

  • Alice Dermody Palmer

    Alice Dermody Palmer English and Comparative Literary Studies

  • Ben Hayday

    Ben Hayday Politics and International studies


Lay Trustees

  • Jill Finney Lay Trustee

    Jill Finney

    Jill has spent her career in Marketing and Communications across the public and private sector, including manufacturing, The British Library and the Regulatory sector.

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    She is currently a Lay Trustee for Imperial College Student Union and chairs their Finance and Risk and Communications Committee. Jill is also a Lay Trustee for an educational charity: Right to Succeed and a justice based charity: Khulisa.

  • Nyasha Pitt Lay Trustee

    Nyasha Pitt

    Nyasha manages her own consultancy, Living Content, providing marketing and PR insights, marcomms and associated services to the jewellery business and beyond.  

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    Nyasha is Vice-Chair of the Borad of Trustees and has had recent involvement with projects in HE. She is a senior leader with strong strategic planning skills who is highly committed to the development of young people.

    Previous employment history includes:

    • Marketing Manager - The London Taxi Company - responsible for all UK and International Marketing and PR communication
    • Marketing Manager (Retail) - Land Securities (Willow Place & Corby Town Centre)
    • Senior Project Manager (Agency) – Responsible for large UK and global accounts including English Heritage and National Express
    • Client Services Manager (Agency) - Responsible for large UK and multi-national, as well as public sector/not-for-profit, clients
    • Media and Community Relations Officer – Coventry Building Society
    • Product Marketing Officer (Savings) - Coventry Building Society
  • Angella Hill Wilson

    Angella Hill Wilson

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  • Andy Ward Lay Trustee

    Andy Ward

    Andy Ward is a Finance Director with a broad international experience across commercial operations, e-commerce, risk, audit, programme management and delivering transformational change.

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    Andy has worked in senior positions in a number of key global organisations including Christie’s, Alliance Boots, Gate Gourmet, Compass Group, T-Mobile, AT&T and Ernst & Young. Andy spent 3 years living in the United Arab Emirates and has travelled extensively worldwide during the course of his career.

    Andy is an Economics graduate from the University of Warwick and was actively involved in the Students’ Union during his time there including Warwick University Radio Station (W963). Andy is an avid runner and completed many half marathons and marathons and is looking to undertake his first ultra race in 2019, a 250km challenge in Costa Rica.

  • Graham Parker Lay Trustee

    Graham Parker

    After a career in manufacturing and international sales, Graham went on to use and develop his business and management skills in the public and charity sectors.

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    He has held a number of senior management positions, predominantly within Social Care and Community Service provision. He currently manages a portfolio of Board positions within a number of different sectors, and utilises his considerable experience delivering mentoring to Boards, and by providing interim senior executive cover and support to different Organisations.

    Chair of Relate West Midlands, Chair of SEAP, Chair of Business Enterprise Development (a community interest company advising business and social enterprise start-ups).

    Graham’s previous employment history includes:

    • Interim CE Coventry Refugee and Migrant centre
    • Interim head of Voluntary and Community Services – Walsall MBC
    • Regional CE – Age Concern West Midlands
    • Head of Commercial Affairs – British Horse Society
    • Various CE roles in commercial organisations for 20 years
    • Graham is a highly experienced charity and business professional in the voluntary sector, public sector and private sector.
    • Graham is a highly experienced charity and business professional in the voluntary sector, public sector and private sector.

Role Details

The Trustee Board is accountable to Warwick Students' Union members, to the Charity Commission and to the public in general.

According to the Charity Commission: "Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Charity, ensuring it is solvent, well run, delivering the charitable outcomes set out in its governing document".

  • Ensure that the charity complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator; in particular, ensure that the charity prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law.
  • Ensure that the charity does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document and that it remains true to the charitable purpose and objects set out there.
  • Comply with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity.
  • Act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.
  • Ensure that the charity is and will remain solvent.
  • Use charitable funds and assets reasonably, and only in furtherance of the charity’s objects.
  • Avoid undertaking activities that might place the charity’s endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk.
  • Take special care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use.
  • Use reasonable care and skill in their work as trustees, using their personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient.
  • Consider getting external professional advice on all matters where there may be a material risk to the charity, or where the trustees may be in breach of their duties.

Main Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the financial matters and financial procedures of Warwick Students’ Union. It must accept ultimate responsibility for giving firm strategic direction to the Union, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-governed, and delivering the objectives for which it has been set up. Please see here for our Code of Conduct.

The trustees will also annually review how the Union’s aims are to be achieved, which are found in the Governing Document – the Memorandum and Articles of Association. These include:

  • Promoting the interests of our members as effectively as possible at institutional, local and national levels.
  • Ensuring effective communication between our members, the University of Warwick and other bodies.
  • Providing for the educational, cultural, recreational, sporting, social and welfare needs of our members to the best of our ability.
  • Operating an effective Equal Opportunities policy while guaranteeing freedom of expression and minimising any adverse environmental impact, thus providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

The Board of Trustees has a responsibility not to implement any democratically-developed policy which has damaging financial implications or breaches the law, if it is passed without a realistic financial plan.

Key Duties

  • To work collectively and with the Chief Executive and other senior staff to ensure that WSU has a clear vision which recognises its values and meets the needs of its members.
  • To monitor and evaluate the performance of WSU against targets, and to ensure that it remains focused on achieving its vision.
  • To ensure that WSU complies with all legal and regulatory requirements, including its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To agree any delegated authority and ensure that such delegated authority is clearly expressed.
  • To safeguard the assets of WSU, taking due care over their security and proper usage, ensuring that they are used exclusively in the pursuit of the agreed objectives.
  • To ensure that the governance of WSU is of the highest standard and that it follows guidance from any relevant bodies.
  • To recommend the auditors and name the bankers of WSU.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To annually approve and amend the finance regulations, annual budgets and strategic plans of WSU.
  • To appoint and appraise the Chief Executive and to appoint the Board of Directors of any direct subsidiary companies of WSU.
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees, using any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions by scrutinising board papers, focusing on key issues and providing guidance.
  • Take or seek opportunities to enhance their effectiveness as a Trustee through participation in training and development programmes, and by increasing their own knowledge of WSU.

When do the Committees meet ?

These dates may be subject to change in exceptional circumstances. The roles of each of these committees and who sits on them are set out in the Terms of Reference: Finance and HR Sub Committee, Search and Nominations Sub Committee and Audit and Risk Sub Committee.

Finance & HR Committee

  • 25th September 2012
  • 27th November 2012
  • 29th January 2013
  • 26th March 2012
  • 30th April 2013
  • 11th June 2013
  • 24th September 2013
  • 26th November 2013
  • 28th January 2014
  • 25th March 2014
  • 22nd April 2014
  • 10th June 2014
  • 25th September 2014
  • 25th November 2014
  • 27th January 2015
  • 22 March 2016
  • 26 April 2016
  • 28th September 2016
  • 29th November 2016
  • 24th January 2017
  • 21st March 2017
  • 25th April 2017
  • 6th June 2017
  • 25th September 2017
  • 28th November 2017
  • 23rd January 2018
  • 19th March 2018
  • 24th April 2018
  • 5th June 2018
  • 20th September 2018
  • 26th November 2018
  • 28th January 2019
  • 11th March 2019
  • 29th April 2019
  • 4th June 2019
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Search & Nominations

  • 31st October 2013
  • 22nd May 2013
  • 13th February 2013
  • 19th September 2012
  • 21st November 2012
  • 13th October 2014
  • 13th February 2014
  • 13th February 2014
  • 13th October 2014
  • 22nd May 2014
  • 27th Oct 2015
  • 1st Feb 2016
  • 3rd May 2016
  • 1st Feb 2016
  • 27th Oct 2015
  • 28th April 2015
  • 3rd February 2015
  • 25th October 2016
  • 6th February 2017
  • 4th May 2017
  • 21st June 2017
  • 17th October 2017
  • 7th November 2017
  • 5th February 2018
  • 3rd May 2018
  • 18th October 2018
  • 29th November 2018
  • 8th May 2019
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Audit & Risk

  • 18th September 2012
  • 17th January 2013
  • 5th March 2013
  • 10th July 2013
  • 17th September 2013
  • 14th January 2014
  • 4th March 2014
  • 8th July 2014
  • 16th September 2014
  • 15th January 2015
  • 3rd March 2015
  • 7th July 2015
  • 22 September 2015
  • 2 December 2015
  • 2 March 2016
  • 28 June 2016
  • 20th September 2016
  • 6th December 2016
  • 28th February 2017
  • 14th June 2017
  • 24th October 2017
  • 17th January 2018
  • 7th March 2018
  • 13th June 2018
  • 13th November 2018
  • 5th February 2019
  • 11th June 2019
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Framework of Good Governance

The Framework of Good Governance is established to clarify the relationship between the University of Warwick and Warwick Students’ Union. The Framework is based on a spirit of partnership and covers a range of aspects from premises, transport, financial and legal requirements to data sharing, dispute resolution, complaints and representation. Click here to download framework agreement