The Trustee Board

Why do we have a Trustee Board?


In 2010 the Union set up its first ever charity-law compliant trustee board, in line with our charity status application to the UK Charities Commission.

It is an essential part of becoming a charity, that a Trustee Board is there to help oversee governance and scrutinise performance of the charity to ensure it is compliant with the charitable objectives. There are many types of objective that make a charity - you can more detail around charity objectives here.

Later, in 2015, the Students’ Union incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee and became a new charity. The Articles of Association is the governing document of our Trustee Board. This outlines all of our structures and procedures, along with how they should be operating.


What is the Trustee Board?

The Trustee Board is the Students’ Union’s governing body. This brings together a group of people internally and externally that use their experience and expertise to help set the Students’ Union’s strategic direction and ensure the longevity and sustainability of the Students’ Union. Alongside this, the Trustee Board is responsible for holding the senior management team to account on their performance in fulfilling the Students’ Union’s charitable objectives.


What does the uea(su) Trustee Board look like?

The Chair of the Students’ Union Trustee Board is Callum Perry, who has held the position since 2019. The Deputy Chair is there to support the chair. This year the positions of Deputy Chair is ….

The make-up of the Trustee Board for 20-21 is as follows


  • Five full time Officers

These students are the democratically elected (and paid) officers that represent students on a full-time basis for the Students’ Union.

  1. Callum Perry – Undergraduate Education Officer
  2. Emily Anderson – Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer
  3. Elizabeth Payne – Activities and Opportunities Officer
  4. Hamish Williams – Campaigns and Democracy Officer
  5. Ayane Hida – Postgraduate Education Officer


  • Two Part-Time Officers

These Students are the democratically elected officers that represent students on a part-time basis for the Students’ Union.

  1. Adrian Ashby – Mature Students’ Officer
  2. Tyler Bell  - Non -Portfolio Officer


  • Six External Trustees

The External Trustees are experts from outside the Union who are appointed for the skills they can bring to the work of the Board.

  1. Kemi Watchorn
  2. Martin Jopp
  3. Jeremy Clayton
  4. Frances Fay
  5. Dev Aditya


  • 5 Student Trustees

The Student Trustees cannot sit on Council or hold major Union Office. They, alongside the External Trustees, provide a voice on the Board that is independent of the Officers. These students are also elected. One of these students is elected a Postgraduate Assembly and three are elected through our normal elections process.

  1. Brandon Miller – Student Trustee
  2. Shriya Arya – Student Trustee
  3. Una Jones – Student Trustee
  4. Suwi Namwilla – Student Trustee
  5. Timothy Barker - Student Trustee (PG place)


The Trustees declare any interests they have that might impact on the work of the Board; these are in the Register of Interests which you can find here