The Trustee Board is responsible for the overseeing the work and governance of the Students' Union, and is made up of 6 elected sabbaticals, 6 elected students, and 4 external people appointed by Union Senate. The Union is a limited company by guarantee that has the status of a charity (a "charitable company"), and the 16 members of Trustee Board are the directors of the company and trustees of the registered charity.
Trustee Board is chaired by the Union President, and is ultimately responsible for three main areas: governance, the budget and employment issues. On a day-to-day basis, Trustee Board is responsible for:
Our student-facing decision-making processes, such as Union Senate, the Annual General Meeting and referendums set the political policy of the Union. Trustee Board usually sits alongside them, making administrative policy where required. However, because Trustee Board is responsible for the budget, they can overturn decisions made by students if there are financial considerations to the decision, and because they are responsible for our governance, they can overturn decisions if they would break the law, particularly the requirements of charity law (although there has been no requirement for the Board to do this since it was established in 2012).
Trustee Board meets six times a year (every other month), with sub-committee meetings occuring at regular dates throughout the year. You can find a summary of the meetings on the Committee Minutes section of the website.
Six of the seven Sabbaticals are chosen to be Trustees each year (including the Union President who as the Chair is automatically a Trustee). The remaining non-Trustee Sabbatical is able to attend meetings of the Board but does not have a vote. For 2017-18, the Vice President Education is the Sabbatical who is not a Trustee