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Being a trustee

If you like the bigger picture, thinking strategically, and getting stuck in the legal details, then you could be a Student Trustee.

You’ll be elected alongside three other students to join our Board of Trustees, and gain professional development skills at the highest level available to students.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Durham Students’ Union. The overall role of the Board is to ensure that the Union is well run, meeting its aims and working within the law.

Trustees are responsible for:

  • Setting the long term plans and direction of Durham Students’ Union
  • Making sure the Union uses its financial resources properly and that it is financially viable
  • Ensuring the Union works within the law and constitution
  • Making sure decisions are in the best interest of the Union and Durham students

As a Trustee you’ll receive the training needed to be successful in your role, which will also help you in your future career. You must be able to commit around four hours per term for board meetings and sub-committees, but you can get even more involved if you’re able!

There are fourteen Trustees: the five full-time elected student officers; four elected Student Trustees and five Trustees appointed for their specialist knowledge in areas such as law and finance, to provide independent expertise for the Board.

Check out the Charity Commission’s resources and information about being a charity Trustee here.

Find out why you should run to be a Trustee here.