LiverpoolSU is governed by a Board of Trustees, who ensure that LiverpoolSU is operating properly and in the best interest of students. The Board meets at least 6 times a year in open meetings which any student can attend, apart from when it discusses staffing or commercially sensitive matters.
If you would like to attend one of our board meetings and see how decisions are made then please feel free to contact the board secretary whose details you can find near the bottom of this page.
There are currently 7 members of the Trustee Board. Sabbatical Officers and Student Trustees take seven places on the trustee board, along with community trustees – volunteers from high profile outside organisations who add knowledge and expertise to what we do.
Trustees are also accountable to the Charity Commission and ensure we make sound financial decisions, obey the law and respond to the needs of all students.
Responsibility for day to day operations are delegated to the Students’ Union Chief Executive and staff team.
Our current Trustees are:
Aisling Davis, President (and Chair of Trustee Board)
As Chair of the Board, Aisling heads the meeting and goes through the agenda facilitating the discussions at the meetings as well as helping to decide what needs to be discussed at each meeting.
Having been a student both at undergraduate and postgraduate level here at LJMU, her experience offers the board insight into what matters the most. She ensures that the decisions we make are in the best interests of all students, and considers how they will impact on all the different types of students here at LJMU. Aisling has previously worked for LiverpoolSU in the marketing, student voice and retail departments. Having this knowledge of these departments allows her to provide other board members with some insights into the day-to-running of the organisation. She is currently working towards completing an MSc in Digital Marketing, and in her spare time likes to cycle, go for a run or spend hours deciding what new television series to watch on Netflix.
Jean’s background is campaigning and communication, she has spent years in youth sector encouraging people to create the change that they want to see in the world.
In her past role she has developed people powered campaigns to create change for children in the UK and other countries and implements the infrastructure to deliver on these objectives. Despite being a political geek she makes time to watch Liverpool Football Club and go for the odd run. As the vice chair of the trustee board she is interested in how we can best represent and empower students at Liverpool Students’ Union.
Mark Hodgson Programme Manager at Smaller Earth Group
Marks background is in both youth and business development. He currently runs a programme called Another Level that helps young people to start their dream business. He has started companies, worked for start-ups and is a Trustee for the local charity Awesome Liverpool. Before this, he worked in the travel sector for Smaller Earth and Camp Leaders after spending 10 years traveling. He spent 7 summers in the US, a couple of years in Australia, and also spent time in Kenya, Fiji, Hawaii and across Europe which led to him writing a book about his experiences.
Summer Jette-Gray, Vice President Activities
Summer has enjoyed being involved in school and university life since she was first elected as class president in the seventh grade. Since then she has been class president three more times, the captain of two sports teams and is currently a course rep here at LJMU. As an international student she brings a new pair of eyes to the board and hopes to give students the best possible start in life by supporting LiverpoolSU. In her first year she started the World Travel Society to try and get more international students
involved in UK life and so far the society has been a great success. Outside of university
Summer spends most of her time running, cooking, doing yoga, reading and binging the best shows on Netflix. If you ever see her on campus make sure to stop and say hello as she loves to meet new people!
Jamie Bennett, Vice President Academic Quality
Jamie has been a course rep here at Liverpool John Moores whilst studying for his degree in Sociology. He feels that due to this he can continue to represent students well on the trustee board. Jamie is a big fan of football and enjoys both playing with friends and watching Liverpool FC. In his spare time Jamie likes to watch television and is a massive fan of Game of Thrones. He is also an avid console game player and enjoys playing against people in competitive games. Aside from this Jamie’s main hobbies include: reading, collecting comics, going out with friends for food and singing his heart out to 90s pop songs.
Wendi Bestman Strategic Performance Improvement Consultant
Wendi has extensive experience as a trustee, having served as a chair, treasurer and director on a number of boards in a variety of third sector organisations. She has worked as a strategic performance improvement consultant for many years, helping organisations to develop and enhance their approaches to advancing equality, inclusion and human rights in the context of people and organisational development, cultural change management, service delivery, stakeholder and community engagement.
Outside of professional pursuits, Wendi enjoys an eclectic mix of activities, including experimental baking and cooking, writing poetry and prose, making and listening to music, adventurous walks, even more adventurous debates and discussions, traveling in mind, body and spirit!!, circuit training/yoga.
Wendi is passionate about many things, challenging injustice, cruelty and championing fairness and equality; this is just a snapshot of what engages and enrages Wendi due to her experience in working in many communities across the UK on issues of poverty, housing, homelessness, asylum, adoption and fostering and mental health. Wendi is always keen to do what she can to support individuals and groups to recognise and embrace their infinite potential and she does what she can with the groups she collaborates with to create healthy places for people to work, rest and play.
The Board is serviced by Jane Whalen, the LiverpoolSU Chief Executive, and you can contact the Board through its Secretary Kate Redmond: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in finding out more about governance and the role of trustees then there is lots of information on the following websites:
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