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How we make sure the ESU is a well-run charity


Become a trustee

It’s election time at the ESU. We need members from across the country with a range of experience to join our Board. With a new five-year strategy on the horizon, it’s an exciting time to get involved and help grow the ESU so we can have even more impact. Trustees will play a vital role in supporting the ESU through a period of transformation as well as ensuring we keep our charitable objectives at the forefront of all that we do.

If you have a passion for the ESU’s work and want to see the charity go from strength to strength, we want to hear from you. Find out more about becoming a trustee in our recruitment information pack.

The ESU has appointed Mi Voice to coordinate the election process. To nominate yourself or another member to stand as a trustee, please visit


Have some questions? Want to know more about being a trustee?

Join us for a trustee information webinar on Wednesday 6 October at 6pm. Register to attend by clicking the register button on the right, and completing the registration form.

Our trustees

The board of trustees are members of the charity and elected by the membership or co-opted. Trustees guide the organisation and ensure the success and financial strength of the charity and set objectives in line with our vision, mission and strategic goals.

The Chair of the board is supported by three officers – two deputy chairs and a treasurer – and up to 10 trustees. The board oversees the executive team, who conduct the day-to-day management of the organisation and implement the strategy on behalf of the board. Find out more about our current board of trustees here.


Royal Charter

The ESU is a charity and is governed by a Royal Charter, granted by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1957. Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was Patron of the ESU and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal serves as President, having succeeded her father, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who retired in 2011.

We are very grateful to the Princess Royal for her support of our charitable work. She is a regular attendee at our events and in 2018, she met the participants of our International Public Speaking Competition at a reception at St James’s Palace.

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For more information about our governance, please contact Nathan Strong, Head of Governance, at

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