Our Trustee Board

JMSU is governed by a Board of Trustees, which provides strategic oversight, scrutiny and risk management, directing the CEO and Senior Management Team. We are an organisation that employs around 30 staff in a variety of career and part-time positions, with a turnover of around £1.4m. Trustees ensure that the organisation is operating properly and in the best interest of students. The Board meets at least four times a year.

Responsibility for day-to-day operations are delegated to the Students’ Union Chief Executive and staff team. In addition to our full Trustee Board, we have the following three subcommittees which report to the board:

  • Finance, Audit & Risk Committee
  • Governance & Policy Committee
  • HR, Appointments & Remuneration Committee

The Board is serviced by Paul Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, and you can find out more about or contact the Board through its Secretary Rachel Nickless: r.nickless@ljmu.ac.uk.


Our Trustees

Our current Trustees are:

Emily Roxbee Cox - President and Chair of Trustee Board

As Chair of the Board, Emily heads each 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.  

Mark Hodgson - Community Trustee and Vice Chair

Jean McLean - Community Trustee

Pedrom Tavakolli - Elected Officer Trustee and Vice President Activities

Charlotte Clayton-Hayes - Elected Officer Trustee and Vice President Education

Ambar Ennis - Elected Officer Trustee and Vice President Community & Wellbeing


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

NCVO