Warwick Students' 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.
The Trustee Board is made up of:
Student Officer Trustees
Each of the 7 full-time Student Officers are Trustees of Warwick Students' Union.
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.
There are up to 5 external non-student members of the Board. These are also appointed by the Board and Union
John is Chief Executive of Students’ Union UCL. In this role, John leads one of the largest student organisations in the UK, that represents and provides services for the 48,000 students at UCL. Students’ Union UCL has the widest portfolio of services of any Students’ Union in the UK, leading UCL’s provision of student sport, music, drama, intercultural engagement, societies and volunteering, as well as advice, hardship funding, representation, cafes, bars and retail.
Previously, John was Head of Policy & External Relations for the British Council, one of the UK’s largest charities, that creates international connections for the UK through culture and education. In his role, he led Government and Parliamentary relations, developed the British Council’s policy research programme, played a key role in the establishment the UK’s international Cultural Protection Fund, and set up the British Council’s flagship global programme for young leaders. Earlier in his career, John worked in regional and local government, including as Director of the national office for the Regional Development Agencies, supporting economic development and regeneration across the English regions.
John is an alumnus of the University of Warwick, where he also served as President of the Students’ Union. He has an MSc in Public Management from the University of Birmingham and recently completed an Executive Programme in Non-Profit Leadership at Harvard University.
John also chairs the Board of the Somers Town Community Sports Centre in Camden.
Angella Hill Wilson
- Wealth of political knowledge and experience.
- Specialist in policy advice to high profile politicians and senior executives.
- Co-founder of company 2-3 degrees providing young people with practical life skills (see
- Worked for the London Assembly developing core research and policy briefings, advice and
support to Assembly Members in the areas of housing, economy, diversity, policing and crime
- Experience as a Campaign Consultant and Party Coordinator in planning, coordinating election
campaign schedules successfully.
- Area Manager, Greater London Authority
Professional lead on relationships with investment partners and Boroughs to deliver the
Mayor’s Housing programmes in line with the Housing Strategy and London Plan.
- Co-Founder of 2-3 Degrees
Co-founded 2-3 Degrees providing young people with the practical life skills. Designing
action and activity based workshops and project managed programmes that are aimed at
motivating and inspiring young people to make positive life decisions including providing
client services to the following groups i.e. Head Teachers, senior leadership teams in
educational institutions, directors of youth organisations.
- Significant commercial experience in finance and audit roles working in a global
- Significant influencing of commercial priorities and in coaching Senior Management in
governance and to improve the overall control environment.
- Development of a Risk Registers and Risk identification processes embedded as business as
- Lay Trustee at Warwickshire Young Carers so understands the requirements of the role and the
contribution supporting young adults will make to them as individuals and to a future fairer
- Worked for a Lay Trustee Board as part of their role as Head of Audit and Risk at the Co-op.
- Has been an ambassador to Warwick University Enactus group for 4 years.
- Working in an international environment leading medium and large teams including outsource
providers in Europe, America and Asia so culturally aware of needs of students from all
- Fully compliant with the Nolan 7 principles as working within a public sector company and
through alignment to those principles as part of membership to professional bodies.
- Corporate Audit Manager for Network Rail
Oversight and management of audits which cover multiple processes including; Financial,
Operational, Change programmes and Fraud investigations.
The Trustee Board is accountable to Warwick Students' Union members, to the Charity Commission and to the public
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
Duty of prudence
Duty of care
- 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
- 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.
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
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
People & Remuneration Committee
- 10th February 2022
- 12th May 2022
- 21st July 2022
- 20th October 2022
- 8th December 2022
- 16th February 2023
- 18th May 2023
- 20th July 2023
Governance & Appointments
- 3rd February 2022
- 5th May 2022
- 26th July 2022
- 23rd November 2022
- 1st February 2023
- 11th May 2023
- 22nd June 2023
- 18th January 2022
- 10th March 2022
- 7th June 2022
- 16th November 2022
- 26th January 2023
- 8th May 2023
- 19th June 2023
- 15th March 2022
- 14th June 2022
- 24th October 2022
- 1st December 2022
- 15th March 2023
- 8th June 2023
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
Click here to download framework agreement.