Trustee Board

JMSU is governed by a Board of Trustees, who ensure that JMSU is operating properly and in the best interest of students. The Board meets at least 6 times a year in open meetings which any student can attend, apart from when it discusses staffing or commercially sensitive matters.

If you would like to attend one of our board meetings and see how decisions are made then please feel free to contact the board secretary whose details you can find near the bottom of this page.

There are currently 10 members of the Trustee Board. Sabbatical Officers and Student Trustees take 7 places on the trustee board, along with 3 Community Trustees. The Community Trustees are volunteers from high profile outside organisations who add knowledge and expertise to what we do.

Trustees are also accountable to the Charity Commission and ensure we make sound financial decisions, obey the law and respond to the needs of all students.

Responsibility for day to day operations are delegated to the Students’ Union Chief Executive and staff team.

Our current Trustees are:

Angelina Cliff, President (and Chair of Trustee Board)

As Chair of the Board, Angelina heads the meeting and goes through the agenda facilitating the discussions at the meetings as well as helping to decide what needs to be discussed at each meeting. She ensures that the decisions we make are in the best interests of all students, and considers how they will impact on all the different types of students here at LJMU.  

Angelina has recently graduated LJMU with a degree in Drama and Creative Writing and was elected Vice President of Academic Quality during the student officer by-election in June 2017 and was then elected as President in March 2018. She is keen to improve the educational experience at university and is very passionate about enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. She would love to hear ideas and get feedback from students about their time at LJMU, or just meet for a cup of tea and a chat. In her spare time, Angelina loves to act in short films and plays, as well as writing poetry and prose, travelling, cooking food for her friends and binge watching Netflix.



Jean McLean, Community Trustee

Jean’s background is campaigning and communication, she has spent years in youth sector encouraging people to create the change that they want to see in the world.

In her past role she has developed people powered campaigns to create change for children in the UK and other countries and implements the infrastructure to deliver on these objectives. Despite being a political geek she makes time to watch Liverpool Football Club and go for the odd run. As the vice chair of the trustee board she is interested in how we can best represent and empower students at Liverpool John Moores University Students' Union.  




Mark Hodgson, Programme Manager at Smaller Earth Group, Community Trustee

Mark is Director of Growth and Development at Smaller Earth UK. The company sends great young people around the world to experience life from a different perspective. He is responsible for paving the road ahead for the organisation.

Prior to this role, he worked in sales, customer service and marketing for Smaller Earth. He also ran an 18 month European Union program that helped young people based in Merseyside to start their own business.

He was a trustee for Awesome Liverpool and was also governor at Kirkdale St Lawrence primary school.

He spent 7 summers in the US, a couple of years in Australia, and also spent time in Kenya, Fiji, Hawaii and across Europe which led to him writing a book about his experiences.



Fiona Brereton, Vice President Activities


Fiona is an LJMU graduate who studied Sports Science and was elected as the Vice President of Activities in March 2018.






  Howisha Charlery, VP Community Engagement

Howisha is a graduate in Sport and Excercise Science and was elected as the VP Community Engagement back in March 2017 and was then re-elected in March 2018. During her time at uni she was a student staff member for the Students' Union as well as working part-time in retail and customer service.

She was also a member of LJMU Women's Rugby Union. She absolutely loves working with and for students and is buzzed and ready for her role as a Student Officer.




Julia Daer, Vice President Academic Quality


Julia has recently graduated LJMU with a degree in Marketing and was elected Vice President of Academic Quality during the elections in June 2018.









Rob Morris, Student Trustee

Rob is currently a Sports and Excercise Science student moving into his 2nd year. He has experience working within the best interests of young people through a youth council who constantly fed back to local councillors. He is interested in helping students get the most out of their university experience and enjoying their time here.


Out of university he is a big sports fan particularly athletics and football in which he supports his home team Huddersfield Town. Back home he works as a lifeguard trying to earn money which he quickly spends on food and drink back at university. He enjoys nights out with friends and a few drinks so if you see him around don't be afraid to say hi.








Rob Johnson, Student Trustee
















Wendi Bestman, Strategic Performance Improvement Consultant, Community Trustee

Wendi has extensive experience as a trustee, having served as a chair, treasurer and director on a number of boards in a variety of third sector organisations. She has worked as a strategic performance improvement consultant for many years, helping organisations to develop and enhance their approaches to advancing equality, inclusion and human rights in the context of people and organisational development, cultural change management, service delivery, stakeholder and community engagement.

Outside of professional pursuits, Wendi enjoys an eclectic mix of activities, including experimental baking and cooking, writing poetry and prose, making and listening to music, adventurous walks, even more adventurous debates and discussions, traveling in mind, body and spirit!!, circuit training/yoga.

Wendi is passionate about many things, challenging injustice, cruelty and championing fairness and equality; this is just a snapshot of what engages and enrages Wendi due to her experience in working in many communities across the UK on issues of poverty, housing, homelessness, asylum, adoption and fostering and mental health.  Wendi is always keen to do what she can to support individuals and groups to recognise and embrace their infinite potential and she does what she can with the groups she collaborates with to create healthy places for people to work, rest and play.


The Board is serviced by Paul Chapman, JMSU Chief Executive, and you can contact the Board through its Secretary Jenny Kelly:

If you are interested in finding out more about governance and the role of trustees then there is lots of information on the following websites:

Charity Commission

Know How Non-Profit