People & Planet Democracy

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% student representation on our Board of Trustees.

Stand in the election to be a People & Planet trustee

Please tell us:

1. Your university or college and year of graduation.

2. Which campaigns you have been involved in (Fossil Free/Sweatshop Free/Undoing Borders/Divest Barclays/any others)

3. Send us a photo of yourself that you would like us to use for your nominations to

3. In no more than 100 words: why do you want to be a People & Planet trustee? Tell us about how your experience of campaigning will support your role as a trustee shaping People & Planet  and what your vision for People & Planet is.

4. In no more than 50 words: People & Planet is committed to equality, diversity, liberation and social justice. We are looking for a Board of Trustees with diverse experiences and perspectives that can help raise the voices of those who are typically underrepresented in campaigning organisations. Please explain how your experience will help us realise this vision.

Nominations have now closed. Voting opens Wednesday 7th February.

Voter Registration has now closed. Check your email inbox for a link to vote from 11am on 7th February.

Read the Candidates Manifestos

Elected student 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. Over half of the BoT members are elected student representatives, ensuring that the organisation continues to work in the best interest of the student network. BoT elections are held 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.

Nominate yourself to be a student trustees by February 4th

If you would like to steer amazing campaigns like Fossil Free, Sweatshop Free and Undoing Borders, and gain invaluable experience shaping a radical NGO, this is the role for you. This February the People & Planet network will elect 4 new students trustees, each for a 2 year term (Feb 2018-2020).

People & Planet particularly encourages nominations from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, people with dependents or caring responsibilities 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.

"Being a student trustee at People & Planet is a fantastic experience. I believe passionately that People & Planet is an organisation like no other, and the impact it has on young people is unmatched in social and climate justice campaigning. That's why I find it incredibly exciting and enjoyable being part of a team responsible for ensuring that People & Planet can continue this amazing work. As a new trustee I received an induction and I find the time commitment is just right so really I would recommend anyone who is interested to apply."

Nat Shiers, student trustee 2016-18

Voter Registration has now closed. Check your email inbox for a link to vote from 7th February until 5pm 20th February.


Who can nominate themselves to be a student trustee?

Anyone who is currently a student at a UK university or FE college and is 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 or FE college and is involved in People & Planet on their campus are eligible to vote. To be able vote you have to register to vote before 4th February. Once registered to vote you will be sent an email with a link to click on to vote. Voting will be open from 11am Wednesday 7th February to 5pm Tuesday 20th February 2018.

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?

You will find out the results of the elections on Wednesday 21st February 2018. They will be available to see on our website.

What happens if I win?

People & Plant  will be in contact with you soon after to talk about your induction, which will be a one day training day in Spring 2018. The first Board of Trustees that you will be expected to attend is 17th March 2018 in London.

"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 now coordinate the Fossil Free campaign nationally."

Chris Saltmarsh - student trustee 2015-17

Student-led campaigns

People & Planet believes that to build a truly democratic movement, we’ve got to start from the bottom up.

That’s why all the groups in the People & Planet network have full autonomy on which campaigns they run and how those campaigns are organised. Many groups in the network use consensus-based decision making to make sure that all their members can input on the direction and organisation of their campaigns.

Although most of the groups in the network run at least one campaign that has been democratically chosen at Power Shift, you don’t have to run one of those campaigns or be a People & Planet group to get support from us and attend our trainings.

"I joined the Board of Trustees (BoT) in 2015, and since then I have greatly enjoyed being part of the discussions which help steer People & Planet's campaigning. As a student trustee, you are a representative of the network of students across the UK, and it is your responsibility to both put forward the views and needs of the network, and also to feedback to them on the discussions and decisions undertaken at BoT meetings. I would highly recommend standing for a position on the Board of Trustees, and contributing to the democratic processes which make People & Planet truly student-led."

Olivia McLaughlin - student trustee