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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:

Lila Tamea - President and Chair of Trustee Board

As Chair of the Board, Lila 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

Emily Roxbee Cox - Elected Officer Trustee and Vice President Activities

Megan Hill - Elected Officer Trustee and Vice Presiddent Community & Wellbeing

Tuba Shahzad - Elected Officer Trustee and Vice President Academic Quality


Become a Trustee

Liverpool John Moores Students’ Union (JMSU) is looking for two external, community trustees to join our trustee board. Our SU has the potential to play a transformational role as a representative body in this context, advocating for a truly fantastic student experience while providing a diverse range of extra-curricular activity through sports clubs, societies and volunteering.

As a campaigning organisation, JMSU has celebrated recent success within our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activity, electing students to lead our work aiming to reduce barriers in accessing quality learning, while ensuring student safety, wellbeing and inclusion is at the forefront of the university and city agenda.

We have ambitions to build a new home from which to deliver and develop this exciting work, in the brand new Student Life Building, due to be completed in 2020/2021.

We are looking for creative and committed trustees, who not only wish to help us ensure the strength and sustainability of our organisation but who are also able to provide expertise, advice and mentoring/coaching opportunities for elected officers, students and appropriate members of the staffing team.

Our new trustees will be passionate about the student experience, the provision of accessible education and will see the benefit of student leadership and political engagement, both on campus and in wider society. With a minimum commitment level of between four and six meetings a year, we are particularly looking for skills and experiences around marketing and communication, digital engagement and providing positive membership experiences. With an associated media sales company looking to expand, we are also interested in individuals with business development and income generation experience.

For more information please contact Paul Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, at p.chapman@ljmu.ac.uk


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