Board Committees

Our Trustee Board and Board Committees

The University of Manchester Students’ Union is a Registered Charity (No. 1144146) and a Limited Company (No. 7759820). 


Our Trustee Board Members 2017-18

Alex Tayler                            General Secretary (Chair)

Emma Atkins                         Education Officer

Jack Houghton                       Community Officer

Sara Heddi                             Women’s Officer

Saqib Mahmood                      Wellbeing Officer

Riddi Viswanathan                   Diversity Officer

Daniel Lashley-Johnson           Campaigns and Citizenship Officer

Catriona Bartlett                      Activities and Development Officer


Hannah Murray                       Student Trustee (From 1st Sept 2017)

Sara Khan                              Student Trustee (From 1st Sept 2016, reappointed 1st Sept 2017)

Yuk Kwan Ng                          Student Trustee (From 1st Sept 2017)


Elizabeth Cameron                  External Trustee (From Sept 2013: re-appointed July 2016)

Jan Sowa                               External Trustee (From Feb 2013: re-appointed July 2016)

Vicii Kirkpatrick                      External Trustee (From 24th July 2017)


Our Board Committees 2017-18

The Trustee Board approves membership of our Board Committees. They scrutinise matters affecting the Charity in greater detail to ensure sound decision-making.

The Audit and Risk Committee: Ensures that the Union complies with all relevant laws and regulations; has an internal system of accountability formally set up and is responsible for scrutiny and monitoring of the Union’s finances & commercial performance; manages the Students’ Union’s overall risk profile and makes recommendations to the Trustee Board. Members are: Alex Tayler, Jack Houghton, Saqib Mahmood, Vicii Kirkpatrick (External Trustee), Yuk Kwan Ng (Student Trustee)

2 Non-Trustee members: Lindsay Horabin (Senior Manager, Risk Framework & Reporting Manager, Swinton Group Ltd) David Weatherall (Siemens PLC), Yuk Kwan Ng (Student Trustee)


The People and Culture Committee: Oversees the Students’ Union’s HR function; Monitors the performance of the Union CEO; Reviews the remuneration of the CEO and other senior staff; Promotes Liberation, Equality and Diversity throughout the organisation; Monitors the Students’ Union’s compliance with employment legislation; Monitors staff satisfaction and employment related statistics; Reviews all changes to employment related policies. Members are: Elizabeth Cameron (External Trustee), Sara Heddi (Women’s Officer), Sara Khan (Student Trustee) and Hannah Murray (Student Trustee), 1 External Non-Trustee member (position vacant as of September 2017)

The Governance and Appointments Committee: Ensures that all appointed positions to the Trustee Board and its Committees are filled with candidates of sufficient skills and experience; ensures that the governance arrangements of the Students’ Union as a whole are effective and fit for purpose. Members are: Alex Tayler (Chair), Elizabeth Cameron (External Trustee), Riddi Viswanathan, Will Spinks (Registrar and Chief Operating Officer from University of Manchester) Yuk Kwan Ng (Student Trustee)

MAV Board (Manchester Academy Venues Ltd, subject to a pending review) To overall govern the Company, in accordance with the directions of the Trustee Board. Members are: Alex Tayler, Ben Ward (CEO). MAV Company Secretary: Rebecca Eley, Catriona Bartlett, Jack Houghton, Riddi Viswanathan, Yuk Kwan Ng (Student Trustee), Hannah Murray (Student Trustee)

1 additional place is reserved for an ‘Industry Director’ with specialist expertise as required

The Ethics Panel: Meets only when ethical matters are referred to the Panel for further detailed scrutiny by the Trustee Board. Members are: Emma Atkins, Daniel Lashley-Johnson, and Sara Khan


Schedule of Meetings for Trustee Board and Board Committees 2017/18

Trustee Board

  • 24th July 2017 (including board induction/strategy)
  • 14th September 2017 (Including further training)
  • 7th December 2017
  • 22nd March 2018
  • 24th May 2018
  • 23rd July 2018 (including new board induction)


Audit and Risk Committee

  • 5th September 2017
  • 21st November 2017
  • 27th February 2018
  • 8th May 2018


People and Culture Committee

  • 18th October 2017
  • 22nd November 2017
  • 14th March 2018
  • 9th May 2018


Appointments Committee (dates to be arranged as required)

  • May 2018: Date to be confirmed: (Joint meeting with steering committee to look at Governance & Democracy policies)
  • 16th-20th April 2018 Student Trustee interviews
  • 7th-11th May 2018: External Trustee Interviews if required


MAV (Manchester Academy Venues Ltd Board)

  • MAV Board meeting dates: 14th December 2017 and 12th March 2018 (Subject to Commercial Services Review)