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Warwick Student Union Trustees

The Trustee Board is the governing body of the Charity.

The Trustees are responsible for making sure that the Students' Union is run effectively, complies with the law, has a strong strategic plan based on members' needs and is financially secure.

Authority is delegated to the Chief Executive to manage the day to day operations and it is the role of the Chief Executive to enact the strategy determined by the Trustees. The SU is run on a day to day basis by its staff, officers and volunteers directed by its members' needs.

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The Trustee Board is made up of:

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.

  • Max Renna

    Max Renna

    Law and Business

  • Alice Dermody Palmer

    Alice Dermody Palmer

    English and Comparative Literary Studies

  • Amy Jaiteh

    Amy Jaiteh

    MBChB

  • Melanie Chen

    Melanie Chen

    Maths

  • Lara Onel

    Lara Onel

    Sustainable Dev

  • Lukasz Kolodziej

    Lukasz Kolodziej

    FTWBS

There are up to 5 external non-student members of the Board. These are also appointed by the Board and Union Council.

  • 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 Pitt is Vice-Chair of Warwick Students’ Union and a multi-passionate entrepreneur providing communications consultancy, public speaking and training, through her agency Living Content Ltd. She is also a respected diversity and inclusion champion, acknowledged as one of 50 Inspiring Individuals working in this sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2019, as part of their #Stonewall50 celebrations.

    She is Chair of the Communications sub-committee for West Midlands Mayor Andy Street’s Inclusive Leaders initiative; she is also Communications Director of the Women’s Jewellery Network and a Coventry Pride Trustee. In February 2019, Nyasha created iDNetwork - a business network for Black professionals; she also launched a free festival at Warwick Arts Centre in August 2019, celebrating Black culture as part of Coventry City of Culture 2021.

    Prior to setting up her consultancy in 2017, Nyasha worked at senior/directorate level, both in-agency and in-house supporting B2B, B2C and public-sector brands. She loves singing and is a member of the Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer Well Woman choir.

    Personal pronouns: She/Her

  • 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: People & Remuneration Sub Committee, Governance & Appointments Sub Committee and Audit & Risk Sub Committee.

Board of Trustees
People & Remuneration Committee
  • 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
  • 25th November 2019
  • 11th February 2020
  • 2nd June 2020
Governance & Appointments
  • 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
  • 22nd October 2019
  • 28th November 2019
  • 25th February 2020
  • 6th May 2020
Audit & Risk
  • 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
  • 19th November 2019
  • 10th March 2020
  • 11th June 2020

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.


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