Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees in the group of people with ultimate responsibility for everything that the Students' Union does. It is responsible for the governance and financial and strategic management of the Students' Union.
In particular, the Board of Trustees has the following three roles:
1. To make sure that everything we do benefits the students at the University of Sheffield.
As the Students' Union is a registered charity with set aims and objectives, we are required to ensure that everything we do benefits the students at the University of Sheffield. As well as monitoring what the Students' Union is doing now, the Trustee Board approves our strategic plan, ensuring that we will continue to benefit future generations of Sheffield students.
2. To ensure that the Students' Union remains financially solvent.
If the Students' Union is to carry on benefiting students, it must have the money both in the short and long term to do this. For example, the Trustees have to approve all significant items of expenditure and the annual budget.
3. To ensure that the Students' Union doesn't break any laws or regulations relating to the work that we carry out.
As the Students' Union offers so many services to our members, there are many laws and regulations that we have to follow. If the Students' Union were found to have broken any of these, it is the Trustees who would be ultimately responsible and could potentially face legal action. For example, as we have around 900 members of staff, the Trustees must ensure that we follow all the legal requirements relating to employment.