Trustee Board


The Union is a registered charity, so it has a Trustee Board to make sure it conducts itself in line with legislation, its aims, and your needs. It holds the Union’s management to account, monitors our activity, double-checks our budgets, and protects our interests, reputation and brand.


The Trustee Board meets four to six times a year, and it’s made up of the Student Officers, three Student Trustees that you choose in our Spring Elections, and three External Trustees who have no other connection to the Union but contribute their expertise, experience and outside world focus on a voluntary basis. 


External Trustees


Jatin Patel

Jatin studied Politics and History at Brunel between 2004-07. In his final year, he was elected Student President, a role he held for two terms. He then went on to study at Sussex University, achieving a Masters in Geopolitics and Grand Strategy in 2010.


Peter Smallwood

Peter was elected to our Trustee Board in July, 2019 and brings a wealth of campaigning knowledge to the Union from his experience in local government. Peter was in fact a Student Trustee in 2011 before becoming the Vice President for Academic Representation in 2012.


Katie Ross

Katie was elected to our Trustee Board in July, 2019. After being elected as a Officer and Trustee for Bedfordshire Student Union, she has gone on to work in Public Affairs and both Universities UK and WonkHE, a leading Higher Education UK ThinkTank.


Julie Atherton

Julie was elected to our Trustee Board in October 2018.  The Founder and MD of Small Wonder, Julie is a business leaser, consultant and strategist with 30 years experience working with global brands in B2B, B2C and the 3rd sector. She has a particular interest in supporting equal access to educational opportunities for all and is an experienced trustee and non-executive director in this area.  





Mohammad Khalifa

Mo was elected onto the Trustee Board in July 2019, having held roles such as PGR rep, department of life sciences rep and student assembly member over the past 5 years. He is currently a Doctoral researcher in biosciences looking into the safety of Gene Therapies. In his free tiem he enjoys volunteering with St. John Ambulance.


Meeting Minutes Archive


If you're looking for the minutes for the Trustee Board since 2014, you can find them here.