What does a Trustee do?

Tuesday 16-01-2018 - 11:28

This article serves for information purposes in regards to what it entails to stand as a Student Officer at Birkbeck Students' Union. For more information regarding elections visit here.

Birkbeck College Students’ Union is a registered charity with the Charity Commission of England & Wales (No. 1142614), and has adopted an incorporated company (No. 06661477) structure that is limited by guarantee under the Companies Act 2006.

The Trustee Board has a collective responsibility over governance of Birkbeck College Students’ Union and its strategic long-term direction.

As a Trustee, you will be a member of the Trustee Board that ensures the Students' Union is making the decisions that are within its charitable objectives and in the best interest of the Students' Union and its members.

You will also be making sure that the Students' Union is using its financial resources appropriately and have structural stability to carry out its aims effectively.

On a practical level this means you need to be able to make major decisions on legal and financial issues and ensure that the Students' Union is delivering on the policies set by the elected representatives of Students' Union.

As a Trustees, you will be expected to act in accordance with the ethical standards expected of public office holders as set out in the Seven Principles of Public Life, as published by the Committee of Standards in Public Life. These are:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership


You will be expected to attend all Trustee Board Meetings, which are held termly.

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