The Guild became a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity in 2010, like other charities it is governed by a group of trustees who have the overall responsibility for everything the Guild does.
The Board has twelve trustees and must have a majority student representation. The four elected officers are trustees in addition to their roles as Student Representative Officers. There are four Student Trustees and four Co-opted (external) Trustees. The external trustees are independent professionals appointed for their skills, experience and knowledge. You can find out more about the current Board below.
The Board provides guidance and oversight and they have specific responsibility for the governance, financial and strategic management of the Guild.
The full Board meets at least four times per year and also has a number of subcommittees to provide additional scrutiny.
We are a registered charity with clear aims and objectives, and our activities must be for the benefit of students at the University of Liverpool. The Board of Trustees makes sure we achieve this, by approving and monitoring our strategic plan, and monitoring and evaluating the performance of our services and activities in line with our charitable objectives.
The Board of Trustees do not get involved in the day-to-day business of the Guild but they have a duty to make sure we don’t break any of the laws or regulations we must follow as part of our work and act in line with our governing documents.
The Board of Trustees manage all of our finances, approving all our expenditure and our annual budget. They look after the long-term stability of the Guild, making sure that we continue to have money available to provide services which benefit our students.
This means that they may occasionally take legal or commercial decisions which cannot be overruled by students.
The day-to-day operations of the Guild are delegated to the Chief Executive and the staff team.
Liverpool Guild of Students has twelve trustees who act collectively to make decisions and all have an equal responsibility to ensure the Guild is properly run. The four Student and four Co-opted trustees are volunteers and the four Sabbatical Trustees are your elected officers.
We have our four Sabbatical Trustees. They are elected by all students in a cross-campus election every year, they hold their posts for one year and cannot be elected more than twice. As Student Officers they lead the Guild and you can find out more about what they do here.
We have four Student Trustees. They are appointed by the Appointments Committee and hold their positions for two years. They must be registered students at the University of Liverpool throughout their time as Student Trustees. The current Student Trustees are:
We also have four Co-opted Trustees (sometimes called External Trustees). They are not current University of Liverpool students; they are appointed for the professional skills and experiences they bring to the Trustee Board and provide an element of stability and continuity. They are appointed to their positions for four years and may be appointed to one further term of four years. The current Co-opted Trustees are:
Whilst the Trustees have to take a number of decisions that may not seem directly relevant to your student experience, it is vital that they understand the views of the members of the Students' Union.
As members of the Students' Union, you can influence the Trustees in a number of ways:
The Students' Union Officers are your elected representatives but they all act as trustees. Whilst they are obliged to think about the overall organisation when taking decisions as trustees, they still take into account the wishes of the student population.
If you have reason to call for a trustee to be dismissed, there is a set procedure that you may follow. Before following the procedure, you may wish to contact the Trustee Board Chair as many problems can be resolved informally.
Members can remove a Sabbatical Officer, Student Trustee or Co-opted Trustee by calling an all student vote (referendum).
A referendum can be called by a petition on the Guild website agreed to by at least 3% of the Members of the Guild.
The trustee will be removed if there is a two-thirds majority in favour of removal and at least 3% of the Members of the Guild vote in favour of removal.
Details on how to submit a petition and referenda can be found here.