The Trustee Board is made up of:

  • Sabbatical Officer Trustees – each of the 7 Sabbatical Officers are Trustees of Warwick Students' Union
  • Student Trustees – there are up to 6 Trustees of the SU who are Warwick students (not Sabbatical 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.

Sabbatical Officers Trustees

  • Isac Leigh

    Luke Pilot President (Chair of the board)

  • Charlie Hindhaugh - Education Officer

    Hope Worsdale Education Officer

  • Olly Rice -Democracy & Development Officer

    Becky GittinsDemocracy & Development Officer

  • Nat Panda - Postgraduate Officer

    Nat PandaPostgraduate Officer

  • Luke Pilot - Welfare & Campaigns Officer

    Chloe Wynne Welfare & Campaigns Officer

  • George Creasy - Societies Officer

    Marissa Beatty Societies Officer

  • Alex Roberts - Sports Officer

    Ted CrowsonSports Officer

Student Trustees

  • Sam Fry

    Sam Fry PhD student in PAIS

  • Dammy Sokale

    Dammy Sokale Law and Business

  • Jonas Eberhardt - Law

    Jonas Eberhardt Politics and International Studies

  • Sophie Worrall

    Sophie Worrall Politics and International Studies

  • Emily Dunford

    Emily Dunford English and Comparative Literary Studies

  • Richard Adetunji

    Richard Adetunji Economics

Lay Trustees

  • Nyasha Pitt Lay Trustee

    Nyasha Pitt

    Nyasha is currently employed as Commercial Director at Assay Office.

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

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    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
  • James Hunt

    James Hunt

    James Hunt worked in finance in universities for over twenty years. James is now retired but remains involved as trustee and committee member in a number of bodies including three student unions and three universities.

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    James Hunt was the Director of Finance at the University of Leicester from 2005 until 2011. His role was to look after the financial affairs of the University as a whole, which has a turnover of some £260m. He was the line manager for the University’s commercial activities and knowledge exchange services office. The role also included being a Director of the University’s subsidiary companies, and a Trustee of the University Pension Scheme.

    He was for 3 years, Deputy Chairman of the British Universities Finance Directors Group. Prior to his appointment as Director of Finance, James was the Deputy Finance Officer (Development) and then Director of Finance at the University of Warwick for some 16 years.

    Before joining Warwick, James worked as a financial planner for Coventry City Council and as an Economic Development Officer in Botswana. He holds a Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford, and an MBA from Warwick.

  • Emma Cox Lay Trustee

    Emma Cox

    Emma is currently employed as interim CEO for Endometriosis UK. Her previous employment history includes Executive Director Customer Services at the Chartered Quality Institute, Director of Membership Development at NUS (4 years), Head of English Regions – Diabetes UK (6 years) and Head of Organisational Development – Campaign for Protection of Rural England (6 years).

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    Emma is experienced in governance and implementing appropriate governance structures.

  • 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.

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 and 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, therefore 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 that 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 is focussed 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 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
  • involving scrutinising board papers, focusing on key issues, providing guidance.
  • Take or seek opportunities to enhance his or her effectiveness as a Trustee through participation in training and development programmes and by increasing his or her own knowledge of WSU.

When does 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

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  • 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
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Search & Nominations

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  • 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
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Audit & Risk

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  • 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 of September 2016
  • 6th of December 2016
  • 28th of February 2017
  • 14th of June 2017
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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