As a registered charity, SUBU is required to assign a number of Trustees to help decide on big decisions that are made for the union. All charities must have purposes which are recognised as being exclusively charitable and which are for the public benefit.

SUBU is very proud of the positive and trusting culture that it has and strongly believes that the way we do things is as important as what we do. Our Trustees are an integral part of this as they help us to move towards our goal that: ‘By 2018 SUBU will have a positive impact upon every BU student’s journey.’

Charity trustees are the people who have the general control and management of a charity’s administration, so when recruiting trustees, we have to give careful consideration to the balance of skills on the trustee board. 

Trustees are responsible for the proper administration of the charity - They make sure that the charity’s assets and resources are used only for the purposes of the charity.

Trustees must accept ultimate responsibility for everything the charity does - The trustees are responsible for the vision, mission and management of the charity. They are accountable if things go wrong.

Trustees have to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to their charity - The law imposes a duty of care on the trustees of charities. This is sometimes expressed as a duty ‘to exercise such care and skill as is reasonable in the circumstances’.

Trustees must safeguard and protect the assets of the charity - A charity’s assets include its investments, cash, land, intellectual property, staff and reputation. We look at particular assets below.

Trustees have a duty to act collectively - Decisions and responsibilities are shared; so all trustees should take an active role.

Trustees must act in the best interests of their charity - The interests of the charity are paramount. Trustees should not allow their personal interests or views to override this: they must exercise independent judgment.

Trustees must avoid any conflict between their personal interests and those of the charity - the main implication of this is that, unless there is specific legal authority, charity trustees cannot receive any benefit from the charity.

Who sits on the Board of Trustees? Our Trustee Boars is made up of:

1 Chair of the board, which is the role of the SU President;

4 External Trustees;

6 Student Trustees;

1 Staff Trustee (elected);

2 Executive Committee Member Trustees (elected) 


Your Trustees are:

Daniel Asaya - SUBU President 2017/18  


Karen Churchill - Student Trustee

I am a second year nursing student at Bournemouth based in Yeovil, which means I get to spend time in both locations, and have recently been appointed as a trustee. As mature student I have previously had a career in accounting, and I have a lot of experience of trusts and charities in both a professional and private capacity that will help with my new role. This is my first experience of university so even though I maybe more mature, I have a lot in common with everyone else and I’m hoping to help SUBU develop to be a positive organisation for everyone.


Robert Garza - Student Trustee

I am a double masters student that is currently studying MSc Events Marketing at Bournemouth University. Formerly a Senior Rep for SUBU, I have always tried to be involved with the University as much as time permits. As one of your newly elected Student Trustees, I am aware of the importance SUBU has at the University and want to be a part of the process that helps put the University and all it's students first. I am grateful for the opportunity as I see what an important role and commitment this position is and the the transferable skills it will have within my own career and CV. 


Geneva Guerrieri - Student Trustee

I am a third year marketing communications student at Bournemouth University and I am a new Student Trustee. I decided to take on the role of Student Trustee after attending several student meetings, which inspired my interest in understanding how SUBU works and the strategic plans that will impact the student members. I believe the transferrable skills and experience I will gain from this position will be of value to me during my career journey. I look forward to working with the other members of the Trustee Board to help SUBU benefit its student members and the local community.


Libby Howe - Student Trustee


Mark Smith - Student Trustee

After an amazing first year at BU studying Event Management, I look forward to making a contribution to SUBU and the community which offers us so much. SUBU really understands the importance of our voice as students, which is what I will bring to the Board.


Devon Biddle - Student Trustee

As a Business Student at Bournemouth University, I am determined to uphold the integrity of the Student Union by making sure that everything SUBU does keeps the purpose of the charity in mind. I am looking forward to working with the other trustee members to make sure the students are at the forefront of every decision, as well as making diversity and inclusion a priority to give all communities and groups a fair chance.


Alexandra Cazacu - Executive Committee Member Trustee


Benjamin Jean-Jacque - Executive Committee Member Trustee


Sophie Nott - Staff Trustee

I have been with SUBU for over 7 years working in Representation, as a Training Coordinator and now Assistant Manager for SUBU Lansdowne. During my time here I have had a positive insight into many areas of the Student Union and have had a keen interest in the running of the organisation from a Charity point of you. I was very honoured to be elected on to the Trustee Board and given the opportunity to help steer SUBU in its continued efforts to move forward with students at the heart of everything we do.


Jenni Winter - External Trustee


Martin James - External Trustee

My background is in Human Resources. I'm a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and I worked for 30 years in various HR management roles in IBM. After that I joined the Board of Governors at the University of Portsmouth and was Deputy Chair of the Board from 2009 until my term of office ended in 2015. I'm currently a trustee for two local charities - Off the Record South East Hampshire and Autism Wessex.


Catriona Cannon - External Trustee

She took on her present role as Deputy Librarian and Keeper of Collections in December 2014. Prior to this she was Associate Director, Collection Support from June 2011, having joined the Bodleian Libraries in January 2010 as Assistant Director, Collections and Resource Description. From 2005 to 2010 she was Head of Information Resources and Bibliographic Services Manager, Information Services and Systems at King’s College London. She previously held posts at the University of the Arts London, University College Dublin, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Warburg Institute. 

In her current role, Catríona is responsible for coordinating the Libraries' public engagement strategy, working with colleagues across the University of Oxford to ensure that the Libraries can deliver the University’s strategy in the most effective manner possible. She oversees the academic and public services of the Bodleian Libraries, aligning the Libraries' information services with the teaching and research needs of the University and providing support for external readers. She also provides, through the Keeper of Special Collections, strategic leadership of special collections, and the University Archives. She is a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. 

Catríona graduated from Trinity College Dublin (French and Latin) in 1990, received an MPhil in European Literature from the University of Oxford in 1992 and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College London in 1995. Catriona has published and presented on collection management, open access to scholarly publications and legal deposit, and curated a display on the 20th-century novelist Barbara Pym. She became a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in 1997.


Arthur Richier - External Trustee

After graduating from the University of Manchester and 3 years spent working in Singapore as a financial auditor for Ernst & Young, I have recently moved back to the UK to pursue an MSc. in London. With the SUBU Trustee appointment I have been offered a fantastic opportunity to be part of the journey of a fast-growing, internationally-reknowned university. I wish to bring to the board my experience in financial audit and project management, in addition to my proximity to students in today's world being a current postgraduate student myself.


Meeting Minutes, Documents, and Dates

Trustee Board:

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 30.10.2015 

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 04.02.2016 

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 15.04.2016 

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 14.06.2016

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 03.11.2016

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 10.02.2017

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 05.04.2017

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 31.05.2017 (temporarily unavailable)

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 20.10.2017 

Download the Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 28.02.2018 

Download the Trustee Board Meeting Minutes - 20.04.2018

AWAITING APPROVAL  Trustee Board Meeting minutes - 06.06.2018 (these will be available after approval at the next meeting

The Trustee Board Meetings for the remainder of the year are:

  • 02.11.2018


Audit and Risk Committee:

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 01.10.2015

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 17.12.2015

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 05.05.2016

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 18.10.2016

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 25.11.2016

Download the Audit and Risk Committee meeting minutes - 15.05.2017

AVAILABLE SOON Audit and Risk Committee Meeting minutes - 04.12.2017 

AWAITING APPROVAL Audit and Risk Committee Meeting minutes - 16.03.2018 (these will be available after approval at the next meeting, which will take place early in the next academic year)



SUBU Accounts Documentation for the AGM on 23rd November 2016:

Download the Draft Minutes of previous AGM on 23.03.2015

Download the Audited Accounts and Trustees Report 2014-15 (this contains detailed information on SUBU's accounts and finances over the year)

Download the Management Accounts 2014-15

Download the Finance: Figures and Charts 2014-15

Download the Appointment of Auditors (extract from Trustee Board Minutes, 04.02.2016)

Download the list of SUBU's Affiliations


SUBU Charity Commission Accounts July 2016

Download SUBU Charity Commission Accounts July 2016

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