How are we run

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees ensures that the Union is being run in accordance with our own rules, as well as making sure that it complies with relevant legislation, is financially prudent and is managed to a high standard. For example, the Board of Trustees approves the Union’s financial plans and top-level strategies whilst overseeing the Union’s annual report and accounts. The Board of Trustees is made up of a wide range of people, including current students, the sabbatical officers, independent professionals and a nominee from the University.

Download the terms of reference

Officer Trustees

Officer Trustees

The Officer Trustees are the five annually elected sabbatical officers of the Union. In addition to their roles as Trustees, the sabbatical officers are employees of the Union who take day-to-day roles in the Union during their year of office.

  • Violet Karapaseva
  • Moises Frias
  • Sophie Butler
  • George Pykov
  • Charlotte Beaney

Student Trustees

The Student Trustees are voluntary roles appointed through application, interview and ratification via committee. Student Trustees for 2018/19 are:

  • Adele Benson
  • Adwait Deshmukh
  • TBC

External Trustees

The External Trustees are independent professionals who provide senior level knowledge and skills to the Board. External Trustees normally serve a term of four years and can serve for up to two terms.

  • Rhian Johns
  • Baldev Gill
  • TBC

University Trustee

The University Nominated Trustee is expected to have a good working knowledge of the University of Portsmouth. The University Nominated Trustee normally serves a term of four years and can serve up to two terms.

  • Jason Oakley

Board of Directors

All profits from our trading company (Portsmouth Students’ Union Trading Ltd) are gifted back to the Union so they can be invested in providing better representation, activities and services. The company was established in 2007 and in 2013 profits exceeded £100,000 for the first time

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The company is governed by a Board of Directors that is separate to the Union’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Directors meet at least four times a year. The Board members are:

  • Violet Karapaseva (Company Secretary)
  • Tom Worman (Managing Director)
  • Sophie Butler
  • Charlotte Beaney
  • Rhian Johns
  • Non-Executive Director TBC
  • Anna Clodfelter (Advisory)



Sub-committees

To ensure effective strategic oversight of the charity there are a further four sub-committees featuring skill-based board members, strategic and operational staff, student trustees and officer trustees.

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team meets every 2 weeks and is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the democratic process, passed actions & policies; to ensure that the current and potential influential opportunities within the University are maximised consistently; to oversee the undertaking of the Union’s strategic aims as agreed by the Board of Trustees; through the oversight, scrutiny and review of the related activity of the organisation – taking appropriate action as required. The members of the Leadership are:

  • Violet Karapaseva
  • Moises Frias
  • George Pykov
  • Sophie Butler
  • Charlotte Beaney
  • Anna Clodfelter
  • Tom Worman
  • Fern Lewis

Download Leadership Team terms of reference

Finance & Risk Committee

The Finance & Risk Committee is responsible for monitoring financial management, reviewing financial procedures and systems and receiving reports from auditors. The Committee meets at least four times a year. The members of the Finance & Risk Committee are:

  • Moises Frias (Chair)
  • Baldev Gill (Vice Chair)
  • Jason Oakley
  • Adwait Deshmukh
  • Charlotte Beaney
  • Tom Worman (Head of Operations)
  • Cherelyn Cuthbert (Finance and Central Administration Manager)
  • Anna Clodfelter (Advisory)


    Download the Finance and Risk terms of reference


    Student focus & governance committee

    The Student Focus & Governance Committee meets a minimum of twice a year and has responsibility as delegated by the Board of Trustees for ensuring that the Union; has in place and maintains a high quality, relevant and inclusive representation, co-curricular and student support provision, maintains student leadership through fit for purpose and effective governance and democratic structures, and complies with relevant legislation and regulations. The members of the Student Focus & Governance Committee are:

    • George Pykov (Chair)
    • Rhian Johns (Vice Chair)
    • Moises Frias
    • Jason Oakley 
    • Adele Benson
    • Michael Sprake (UAB Chair)
    • Fern Lewis (Head of Student Impact)
    • Brendan McCarthy (Student Focus Manager)
    • Jasper Snaith (Membership & Marketing Manager)
    • Natalie Dutka-Bowskill (Projects and Groups Manager)
    • Stuart Owens (Insights Lead)
    • Anna Clodfelter (Advisory)


      Download the Student Focus and Governance Committee terms of reference

      As the provider of approximately 60% of the Union’s income, The University of Portsmouth has a duty to oversee the work of the Union. The Union also has a duty to report to the Charity Commission and Companies House on an annual basis.

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