Kingston University Students' Union like any other charity has a board of voluntary trustees. Trustees are the people in charge who make the big decisions about a charities finances and what work they should be doing. Becoming a trustee is a great way to get valuable experience of how a board works, make a real difference to other students' university experience and go some way to re-dressing the general lack of representation of young people on trustee boards.
Back in November during Trustees' Week and London Student Volunteering Fortnight we asked KUSU trustee Myriam to give us the low down on what her role involves. If your a Kingston Student and interested in becoming a KUSU trustee next year find out more on how to get elected here.
I became a trustee because I am thinking of running for an executive position at KUSU next year and this was good preparation. By sitting on the trustee board I can influence and improve KUSU, which is great and gives you a sense of making a real difference for people.
One of my main duties is making sure that the charity spends it funds in the right way, and during meetings approving new documents. The best part of being a KUSU trustee is being part of a board which has the power to influence and change things for the better.
I think it’s great that there is some extra attention for trustee’s this week. A lot of people don’t understand what it is we do, and don’t understand how important it is. I think this could really raise awareness and hopefully, when the ballots open again next year for KUSU, a lot of students will put themselves forwards.