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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

Tuna Kunt

Chair of the Board of Trustees
Sabbatical Trustee

I graduated with Law LLB in 2018 and I currently chair the Union Trustee Board as Union President. My main aim in the Board is ensuring that all officer, lay and student trustees contribute to discussions and the reputational, legal and financial stability of the Students’ Union is upheld.

Rania Salim

Sabbatical Trustee

As a recent Economics graduate and the Vice President of the Union, I want to ensure that student interest is the top priority of the board. In additional, I aim for the board to be a representative and fair with the decisions made to uphold the Students Union values.

Saqlain Riaz

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.

Kat Higgs

Student Trustee

Kat is studying MSc Human-Computer Interaction Design, bringing over ten years’ HE and charity sector experience with her to our Board. SUs have remained close to her heart since she was a sabbatical officer at BCSU many years ago, so she jumped at the opportunity to be a student trustee.

Ghayathri Sivakumar

Student Trustee

I have genuine belief in giving back to the community that nurtures us and the Students Union is the perfect place to realize this goal. I feel privileged to represent the students of this institution and strive to make a impact for the wellbeing of students, the Union and University.

Janet Legrand

Lay Trustee

I am the former Senior Partner and Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper and am also Deputy Chair of Council at City, my local University. I chose to become a Trustee of the Students’ Union to play a more direct role in transforming the lives of students.

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.