The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is comprised of 12 trustees. These include four Sabbatical Officers elected annually each year, four Student Trustees and four External Trustees who can serve on the Board for a maximum of 8 years.

Our External Trustees are:

  • Mike Roy
  • Ed Stevens
  • Graham Briscoe
  • Maggi Thomas

Our Student Trustees for 2018-19 are:

  • Mihaela Stefanova
  • Tinneke Van Thielen
  • Bradley Isaac
  • Louise Thacker.

The Board also has a number of sub-committees which can also include Lay members who bring their professional expertise to provide advice and guidance in particular areas to the Board. 

When the Union is recruiting external trustees, we have to give careful consideration to the balance of skills and expertise on the Board so that these complement the skills and experience of the student officers. The role of a trustee is a very important one and all 12 trustees are equally responsible for ensuring that the Union is managed in the best interests of the students at Bath Spa.

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. 

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  Unless there is specific legal authority, charity trustees cannot receive any benefit from the charity. All trustee positions are voluntary, including the roles of the Sabbatical officers who are not paid for this element of their roles.