The Trustee Board is responsible for the overseeing the work and governance of the Students’ Union, and is made up of 8 elected student officers, 4 elected students, and 4 external people appointed by Union Council. 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:

  • creating and implementing the Union’s Strategy and related plans
  • developing the Union’s facilities
  • ensuring the strategic development of the commercial services in line with the overall strategy
  • considering and reporting to the membership all decisions to affiliate to bodies during the year
  • ensuring financial guidelines exist and that a current Finance Schedule, which will be renewed at the first Council meeting of each year, indicating the maximum sum that may be approved by committees and individuals

Our student-facing decision-making processes, such as Union Council, the Annual General Meeting and referendums set the political policy of the Union, and 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), and Trustee Board Sub-Committee meets in the alternate months. You can find a summary of the meetings on the Meetings section of the website.

Full-time Officer Trustees

Union President

Alex Hovden

Union President
Vice President Democracy and Creative Industries

Cameron Meldrum

Vice President Democracy and Creative Industries
Vice President Education

Elliot Grater

Vice President Education
Vice President Engagement

Dan Varley

Vice President Engagement
Vice President Student Communities

Flora Noble

Vice President Student Communities
Vice President Welfare

David Allwright

Vice President Welfare

The Full-Time Officers choose six of the seven Officers to be Trustees each year. The remaining Officer is able to attend meetings of the Board but does not have a vote. For 2016-17, the Vice President Sports Development is the Officer who is not a Trustee

Student Leader Trustees

Equality and Diversity Officer

Frazer Delves

Equality and Diversity Officer
Ethics and Environment Officer

Eleanor Davis

Ethics and Environment Officer

Student Trustees

Student Trustee

Mark Cole

Student Trustee

Rebecca James

Student Trustee

Liibaan Mohamed

Student Trustee

Hadeeka Taj

External Trustees

Jo Ash

Mark Beattie

Mark Beattie

Mark was Treasurer at SUSU from 1981-82, when there were just 6,000 students. He returned four years ago to become an External Trustee and is now well in to his second three year stint. His day job is Chief Information Office at a waste management company in North London, which is also where he lives. He serves as Bench Chairman for the Magistrates of the North London Local Justice Area. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society where he also sits on their Membership Committee and is an assessor for the various grades of membership at BCS. In his spare time he likes to travel, and writes the MilesFromBlighty blog as well as being co-editor of InsideFlyer.co.uk a new web site for travellers. Mark is always happy to chat with staff and students and you can usually find him having a coffee before a Trustee Meeting in one of the Union’s outlets

Appointed 14 May 2012

Nigel Coopey

Nigel Coopey

Nigel Coopey has extensive management experience in the High Technology and Not-for-Profit sectors. He currently leads the operations team within Alcatel-Lucent's Video business and prior to that spent 5 years working for himself; providing management consultancy to World Scouting, WorldSkills 2011, Public Health England and Intermec. In his spare time, Nigel has been a trustee at local and national level for the Scout Association.

Nigel is a Southampton Geography graduate himself and also holds an MBA from Cranfield University. He is married with two adult children and lives in Newbury - his daughter Bethany also graduated from Southampton last year, with a degree in Music

Appointed 6 February 2012

Anne-Marie Drummond

Nigel Coopey

Anne-Marie Drummond did both a BA and DPhil at Oxford, held both a junior research fellowship and college lectureship there, and published a book with OUP. She spent eight years living in Germany and the Netherlands, and turned to University Administration when she returned to the UK . Before becoming Academic Registrar at Southampton In 2012, Anne-Marie held posts at the University of Aberdeen and at Oxford, where she was Senior Tutor of Lincoln College for 8 years and head of administration for the Humanities for five year

Appointed September 2015