People & Planet Student trustees
Students make up over half of our governing body, The Board of Trustees (otherwise known as the BoT), that oversees the work that People & Planet does. The Board of Trustees guides the long-term planning, finances and legal existence of People & Planet and oversees all the work the organisation does to make that sure it’s working in the best interests of student campaigners.
2019 Student Trustee Elections
2019 student trustee elections will be taking place from the 18th to 28th of February. 4 student trustees will be elected, each for a 2 year term (2019-2021).
Voter registration is open until 11pm on 17th February. Anyone who is currently a student involved in People & Planet on their campus is eligible to vote. To be able to cast a vote, we ask that you register using this form. As well as registering yourself, please remind your fellow People & Planet group members about this!
Run in the election
If you would like to steer amazing campaigns like Fossil Free, Sweatshop Free and Undoing Borders, and gain invaluable experience shaping a radical organisation, this is the role for you. To nominate yourself, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please include:
- Your name
- A photo of yourself
- What university and People & Planet group you are part of
- A manifesto of up to 250 words, detailing why you would be good for the role, your experience with People & Planet and other campaigning, and how this could benefit the organisation
If you are running in the election, we also ask that you fill out our equalities monitoring form. The form is separate from your nomination and for monitoring purposes only. You can choose not to answer any of the questions.
Nominations close at 11pm on 10th February.
We will be announcing election results on 18th February, and expecting the new elected trustees to attend their first Board meeting on the 16th of March.
People & Planet particularly encourages nominations from women and non-binary people, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, disabled people, people with dependents or caring responsibilities, people from working class backgrounds and other groups typically under-represented in campaigning organisations. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable any Trustee to fulfill their role on our Board.
We are deeply committed to equality, diversity, liberation and social justice and we welcome nominations from anyone who shares these values. We find that people with diverse perspectives and experiences improve and refresh the way People & Planet works and we welcome news ideas and ways of working.
I have really enjoyed my time as a student trustee for P&P so far. After being involved in running their campaigns at university and being a regional co-ordinator for a couple of years, it felt like the logical next step to get involved at the board level. I would highly recommend putting yourself up for nomination to be on the board, as the experience that students bring to the board from being a part of the student network and the opportunity to be a voice for students in guiding the direction of the organisation is invaluable. It is also a brilliant opportunity to work more closely with and support the staff, learn about how a charitable organisation functions and the challenges they face, and get to know inspiring student and non-student trustee members as well as giving back to an organisation that has done so much for students and others.
Lara Bloch, current student trustee
I have been a part of Bath University People & Planet since my second year at university, and became a trustee in my third year. As trustee, I got to see the organisation work at a deeper level, have a direct say in an organisation I care about, and gain the satisfaction that I am having a positive contribution. It is a fulfilling role as I get to be a part of the People & Planet as an organisation and also be involved with the campaigns in my university. In my time as a trustee, I have also met amazing individuals who share my passion for a sustainable and peaceful future and who continue to motivate me.
MUEEZ ABDURRAHMAN, current student trustee
Elected student trustees
People & Planet strives to be student-led by:
- supporting campaigns that our student network has democratically chosen;
- providing skills training to empower students to run the campaigns of their choice; and
- having over 50% elected student representation on our Board of Trustees.
Students are elected on to our governing body, The Board of Trustees (otherwise know as BoT), that oversees the work that People & Planet does, every February.
The Board of Trustees guides the long-term planning, finances and legal existence of People & Planet. The BoT works to oversee all the work the organisation does, and to make that sure it’s working in the best interests of student campaigners. This is why having a majority of student trustees around the table is so important: you know what’s affecting activism in your universities and colleges first-hand.
The Board of Trustees currently meets four times a year, and all members should attend the meetings. Office staff are also invited along to meetings in an advisory capacity and to present and get feedback on our campaign strategies and movement building initiatives.
Who can nominate themselves to be a student trustee?
Any student involved in People & Planet on their campus can nominate themselves to be a student trustee. You don’t need to be part of an official People & Planet society on your campus, if you help run the Fossil Free, Divest Barclays, Sweatshop Free or Undoing Borders campaign on your campus (even if part of a different society) then you can nominate yourself. You have to be a current student when you nominate yourself but not for your two years as a student trustee (eg. you can nominate yourself to be a student trustee in your final year of university and be a student trustee for the next two years)
What does being a student trustee involve?
As a student trustee you are expected to attend 4 Board of Trustee meetings each year that take place in different locations around the UK. BoT meetings normally take place on a Saturday daytime. People & Planet cover your travel expenses to and from these meetings. Outside of the BoT meetings you can choose to support different bits of work that People & Planet do, whether your interest is in fundraising, campaign strategy or growing the network.
How do the elections work?
Anyone who is currently a student at a UK university and is involved in People & Planet on their campus are eligible to vote. Voting is done online.
Voting is done using proportional representation, using the Single Transferable Vote system which is a system of ranking candidates in order of preference so that the candidates with the broadest support win. Check out this short video from Southampton Students' Union which explains the Single Transferable Vote system in 2 minutes with Homer Simpson!
When will I find out the results?
The results will be available to see on our social media, normally the day after the voting closes.
What happens if I win?
People & Planet will be in contact with you soon after to talk about your induction, which will be a one day training day. You also be notified of the first Board of Trustee meeting that you are expected to attend.
I really enjoyed and learnt so much from being a People & Planet student trustee, including spending a year and a half as Chair of the Board. It's a great opportunity to strengthen links between grassroots campaigning and governance of the national network and provide student leadership on the strategic direction of P&P's campaigning and organising. It also gave me the skills and confidence to apply to P&P's internship program through which I then coordinate the Fossil Free campaign nationally.
Chris Saltmarsh, former student trustee, now a co-director at People & Planet