Board of Trustees


The Trustee board is made up of the elected SU Officers, an appointed student trustee and appointed independent external trustees.

Board of Trustees

The SU is a registered charity which exist to achieve a charitable purpose as recorded in the Articles of Governance (See Charitable Objects).

The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overal management and administration of The SU. In practice this means:    

  • adopting, reviewing and amending the policies that govern The SU;
  • adopting a strategy for The SU and monitoring performance against it;   
  • adopting a budget for The SU and monitoring performance against it;
  • approving the Trustees' Annual Report and Audited Accounts for submission to the Charity Commission;
  • approving, monitoring and reviewing projects for The SU;
  • ensuring risks are identified and managed appropiately at all levels of The SU; 
  • ensuring that The SU is legally compliant.

The Board of Trustees delegates responsibility of the day to day management of The SU to the Chief Executive. 

The Board of Trustees is comprised of up to six elected Officers and up to seven Independent Trustees (at least one of whom must be a current student)

The details of the current elected Officers can be found here while the details of the current Independent Trustees can be found below.  

Jordan Kenny - Independent Trustee

Hey. I’m Jordan Kenny, Policy and Projects Manager at the University of Roehampton and Vice-Chair of the Trustee Board at the SU Bath.

At Roehampton, I’m part of the senior team and oversee the development and delivery of our university strategy, implementation of policies and lead on elements of risk, communications, policy, public affairs, equality and diversity and the student experience. I also lead our relationship with the students’ union. Prior to this, I led on all major academic projects at Roehampton.

I’ve also worked for the Olympics and UK Sport in Zambia delivering sport for development and piece programmes and with the International University Sport Federation on the World University Games.

Between 2014 and 2016, I was the SU President at Bath. Which was arguably the best job in the world. Whilst President I secured funding for the Postgraduate Officer, launched our work around sexual violence against women and worked with the UK Government on hate crime policy and talked as much then as you do now. I had also been a FWEM, Chair of a Sport Club and the Sport Exec and managed the Paris Hitchhike.

Why did I want to get involved with The SU Bath

I’m incredibly passionate about the ability the SU Bath has to bring the student community together, to support them to achieve their best regardless of the background and to have a positive impact on the wider community. I wanted to get involved again because as a Trustee, your job is to support the organisation to reflect on what it is doing and work smarter in achieving its objectives and I believe I can help Bath do that.

The SU Bath has a wonderful group of staff and an ever outstanding network of student leaders to draw upon, and the opportunity to be a part of that was too good to pass over.

What I hope to achieve

I’d like our board to be move diverse and for the SU Bath to really work for every single student. I think that most students have an excellence experience, but that some really will not, and that we shouldn’t rest until that changes.

What I like to do outside of work

I’ve just bought a bike and I am very, very slowly chalking up the miles.

Find me onlineYou can find me on Linkedin

Rob Clay - Independent Trustee

I have the privilege to serve as the Finance Trustee for the SU. I have worked as an Accountant in Industry for 30 years. I decided to work in Industry (rather than in the Audit/Advisory side of the profession) because I felt I wanted to commit and contribute to one business, rather than act as external ‘score keeper’ for many businesses. Of course, the extent of my contribution might be a source of debate! I have worked in Manufacturing, Service and the Software/Technology sectors. I have also had the opportunity to work in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and the US, being out of the UK for anything from a day to a year. I have worked in accounting, reporting, decision support, Board roles and latterly in Mergers & Acquisitions.  I have worked in larger multi-national groups, SME’s, a couple of start-ups and a Management Buy-Out. I’m not one for a ’10 Year Career Plan’ and I’m not the smartest guy; but I listen closely, work hard and try to help the team succeed. Somehow, this has led to some great opportunities and I’m a believer in taking a risk if an exciting opportunity comes up – if in doubt give it go! I love getting a variety of experience and currently enjoying serving as CFO for a portfolio of 30 software businesses spread across the world, all focussed leveraging technology to improve public transport.

Why did I want to get involved with The SU Bath

I’m not a Bath Alumnus (I didn’t get those kind of grades), but this is my home town. My wife & I are big believers in the importance of Community and in giving back, so we have always tried to volunteer wherever we lived. I feel like our Uni Years are a vital time – transitioning from the beliefs and values we were brought up with into our own value system, making decisions that affect the future course of our lives and making friendships that last a lifetime. Putting these together, when we came back to Bath and the opportunity to serve the SU came up, I was keen to offer some time.

What I hope to achieve 

I really didn’t know what to expect when I started the role. My only real goal was to be of some small ‘wise counsel’ to the SU Officers who have such a short time to get to grips with their role, make an impact and deliver on their goals. Also to help your small, dedicated SU Finance Team with any unusual issues that come up.

What I like to do outside of work

Up until COVID, I would travel a lot for work, so one of my best treats is a coffee date with my lovely wife, Becky. Right now, those are mostly in the garden, but still something I look forward to. We have 4 children. Our eldest is now 20, next just turned 19, then 16 and 12, so we’re now passed ‘peak teenager’, but still makes for a lively household. We’re quite involved with our local community church. I’ve loved playing football, to a Sunday League kind of standard, all my life and still play some 5-a-side on a Friday night – the best end to a tough week, especially the post-game pub. I’m also a lover of live music and try to get to a few gigs each year.

Find me online 

Here’s my LinkedIn

Alexander Robinson - Independent Trustee

 

The oppurtunity for Students to be appointed as Independent Trustees was introduced as part of a process of governance reform, where the SU decided that transparency and accountability to our members is a vitally important aspect to running a successful union. It provides for a unique perspective where a student can influence governance of the organisation, without the possible conflict-of-interest that being employed by it might bring.

As a continuing student I experience daily the result of our decisions and actions and perhaps provide an insight that other trustees might not have.

In terms of my background, I am an undergraduate student studying Civil and Architectural Engineering and moving into my 3rd year on the course for 2020/21. This year I am working as a placement student at a structural consultancy in Bristol (Wentworth House Partnership), but will be moving back and forth to Bath quite a bit to stay involved with societies and student media.

In student representative roles, I have been a Hall Rep, Academic Rep and Peer Mentor. Perhaps most significant, I have been a member of the Council-Senate-Students’ Union (CSSU) committee, where academic decisions made by University management and departments are challenged with the focus on achieving the best student experience possible.

Why did I want to get involved with The SU Bath

A deep-founded respect for the work of the Sabbatical Officers and Staff, and an interest in the inner-workings of the SU.

Since becoming a trustee I’ve seen a great deal of the behind the scenes work taking place to update governance policies, engage students in new ways and provide both a service which students are satisfied with and a community that they feel connected to.

What I hope to achieve 

I hope to support SU policies which give students confidence in the SU as an organisation that acts in their interests. Students often have low voter-turnouts for their sabbatical officers, and many are removed from decision making and taking part in their union.

I hope that by supporting policies which encourage transparency, that more people will become involved and take an active role.

What I like to do outside of work

When on campus, you are most likely to find me running a radio show within University Radio Bath or setting up a broadcast for CampusTV (recently having supported the officer election night livestream). I have also sat on the Media Executive Committee for the past year as the Online Officer, responsible for our digital output.

Whilst at home, I have a love of language-learning and enjoy watching German TV series, with my current favourite being the breath-taking ‘DARK’ from Netflix.

If you see me around Campus, please don’t hesitate to spark up a conversation, whether that be Student Media, Governance or simply fancy a chat.

Find me online 

Here’s my LinkedIn

Marian McNeir - Independent Trustee

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Valerie Copenhagen - Independent Trustee

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Kate Aldridge - Independent Trustee

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