Trustees are the people who form the governing body or ‘board’ of a charity. They are the people with ultimate responsibility for directing the business of the charity. Most trustees are volunteers, and receive no payment except for minor expenses. Our Board of Trustees is made up of a mix of students, elected officers and external members who can offer a different perspective and expertise.

Officer trustees

There are six Officer Trustees serving as trustees for the period of their officership, from 29/6/2020 until 25/6/2021.

These officers are the President and Vice-Presidents of the union. The President is also chair of the Trustee Board. The current trustees are:

President Oliver Robinson, Vice-President (Sport) Paul McCarthy, Vice-President (Education) Bee Morgan,  Vice-President (Union Development) Atree Ghosh, Vice-President (Societies and Media) Shannon McCaul and Vice-President (Welfare) Amy Merchant.


External trustees

The union has up to five external trustees at anyone time. These are people from outside of the union and university who can offer expertise and guidance to help us maximise its potential. External trustees serve for an initial period of two to three years. Currently serving are:


Graeme Osborn 

Graeme is currently a Policy Advisor at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) working on ivory policy. Previously he was the Representation, Advice and Welfare Coordinator for the University of York Graduate Students’ Association where he ran the advice service, supported elected student representatives and advised on policy. Graeme has considerable board experience and is currently a Governor at Askham Bryan College. He was the Board Member with specific responsibility for the student interest at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), a member of the Student Advisory Board at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, and a Trustee at University of York Students’ Union, where served two years as the Academic Officer. He is Vice-Chair of our Trustee Board.

(Currently on 2nd term, serving 1/6/17 - 1/6/21)


Mark Alexander

Mark is a partner within an international law firm specialising in property and real estate matters, typically acting for developers, investors and banks. He was appointed to the board in January 2018, and holds a number of other positions including being a trustee at The Foxton Centre, a charity for the homeless based in Preston, and a governor at his children’s school.

(Currently on 1st term, serving 20/1/18 - 20/1/22)


Amanda Chetwynd

Amanda was previously Pro Vice Chancellor then Provost (Student Experience, Colleges, Library) at Lancaster University. She is an emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Statistics with research interests in medical statistics. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. She has been a member of a number of national Higher Education committees and working groups and currently is a member of the Office for Students Quality Assurance Committee and Chair of the Complete University Guide advisory board. She is a member of Dame Shirley Pearce’s advisory group for the Independent Review of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). She was a school governor for nine years and is a trustee of Mirador, a local arts heritage group.

(Currently on 1st term, serving 7/9/19 - 7/9/23)


Student trustees

These are students appointed in the summer term to serve as trustees for the duration of the following academic year.

Current student trustees are:

Eloise Frost

Eloise is a first-year undergraduate student studying French and Spanish. Having served as Student Governor at Runshaw College during her A Levels, she has had experience in working with a board to represent student issues. As a member of LUDanS and LURAC, she is an active member of student life at Lancaster University and has a particular interest in ensuring the views of the student body are fairly and fully represented.

(Currently on 1st term, serving 1/3/20 - 28/2/21)


Sam Maesschalck

Sam is a PhD student within the School of Computing and Communications focussing on the security of critical infrastructure. During his undergraduate, which he completed in Belgium, Sam was part of the university students’ union and sat as a representative on the Flemish Union of Students. Within this role, he worked together with governmental organisations to further university education within Flanders. Arriving at Lancaster as a postgraduate taught student in 2018, he was part of the Postgraduate Board within Graduate College where he campaigned for better student experience. Feel free to reach out to him with any questions.

(Currently on 1st term, serving 1/3/20 - 28/2/21)


Role of the trustee board

The Trustee Board has the ultimate and collective responsibility for directing the non-political affairs of the union, and ensuring that it is well-run, financially sustainable and solvent and delivers the objectives for which it has been set up. The board has numerous responsibilities, including:


  • Approving the mission of the union and ensuring that it meets the interests of groups who can affect or who are affected by the achievement of the mission
  • Stimulating, challenging, evaluating and endorsing strategies to deliver the union’s objectives on an ongoing and financially viable basis including preparing strategic direction.
  • Ensuring that there are in place appropriate arrangements for the management of the union, particularly through the appointment of the Chief Executive and the senior management team
  • Ensuring that there are appropriate systems of audit control and accountability
  • Approving the principle policies of the union (only in the areas of finance, assets and human resources (where appropriate)) and ensuring that there is an ethical policy framework consistent with the union’s Articles of Association, bye-laws and mission
  • Making such provision as it thinks fit for the general welfare of students, in consultation with the union Executive
  • Ensuring that there is full and appropriate consultation on major issues with internal and external groups with an interest in the union
  • Monitoring the union’s performance and effectiveness against its objectives through the use of key performance indicators (KPIs) and benchmarking. The Trustee Board also regularly reviews its own effectiveness in facilitating the institutional performance