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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the governance, financial and strategic direction of the Students' Union. The Trustees:

  • Make sure that everything we do benefits students at City, University of London. As the Students' Union is a charity with set aims and objectives, we are required to ensure that everything we do benefits our members. 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 City, University of London students.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that the Students' Union doesn't break any laws relating to the work that we carry out. As your Students' Union offers many services to our members, there are many laws and regulations that we have to follow. For example, when enabling students to fundraise for charity, we must comply with charity fundraising laws. If the Students' Union were found to have broken any laws, it is the Trustees who would be ultimately responsible and could potentially face legal action.
  • Maintain the reputational health of the Students’ Union.

Each of the Trustees has their own experiences which, collectively, help ensure that the Board of Trustees can carry out its roles.

To see the minutes of previous Board of Trustees Meetings please click here.

Current Trustees

Saqlain Riaz

Chair of the Board of Trustees
Sabbatical Trustee

My role as a sabbatical trustee is to collaborate with the board in ensuring our students’ union has the necessary financial and structural stability for the purpose of its selfless, impartial, and smooth running, and in so doing represent our student body as per our bye-laws and live Union policy.

Shaima Dallali

Sabbatical Trustee

My role as a sabbatical trustee is to ensure that decisions made by the Students' Union are in the best interest of the Union and students. As a recent graduate and someone who was heavily involved in societies, I'm a strong believer of the power of the Union in bringing about positive change. I use my experience to steer the direction of the Union to make it truly representative of all students.

Ruqaiyah Javaid

Sabbatical Trustee

 Being a Trustee at City Students’ Union is to ensure that the Union functions smoothly and that students remain at the heart of our work. I believe in the power of the student voice and I am keen to see the SU utilise this to bring about positive change.

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Karim Akbar Khan

Lay Trustee

Karim is a lawyer with a passion for democracy and governance. He sees student unions as an excellent place for students to represent, model and nurture these important life-long values and skills.  His professional experience includes working for the UK diplomatic service, international organisations, and in the UK Charity sector.   

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Alan Latham

Lay Trustee

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Rumnique Gill

Lay Trustee

I greatly admire the role that Student Unions’ play, particularly in challenging Universities to do better and ensuring genuine representation of the student voice. My career has focussed on leading enhancements to the student experience in HE.  It is a privilege to be a Trustee at City Students’ Union..

 

Nick Ratcliffe

Lay Trustee (Deputy Chair)

Nick is a Management Consultant working with UK Universities. Nick was an elected sabbatical officer and later an external trustee at Nottingham University Students Union, and a school and an FE College Governor. He is a strong believer in the value of students’ unions and their role in representing students.

Clare Searle

Lay Trustee

Clare is passionate about creating simplicity in an intricate world, running a consultancy specialising in transformation and coaching in SMEs. She became a trustee at City to use her experience to support students operating in critical roles, and support the SU to offer students every opportunity in life.