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Two trustees resign before negotiations to sell The Sugarhouse can finish
Laura Davies – Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees – has resigned amidst student outcry over the Union’s recent decision to enter negotiations to sell its decades-old student nightclub, The Sugarhouse. Davies was shortly followed by Jane Riley, another external trustee.
The Board of Trustees is the Union’s governing body, whose responsibility it is to make decisions about the charity’s business. The Board is comprised of six officers: the president & vice-presidents of the Union, who are elected students. Also on the Board are up to five external trustees. These are Laura Davies; Graeme Osborn; Mark Alexander; and Jane Riley. External trustees are not elected. Laura Davies is the vice-chair of the Trustee Board, while President George Nuttall is the chair.
Laura Davies was previously the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU).
Jane Riley was previously the finance trustee of the Board of Trustees for University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU).
Laura Davies’ LinkedIn account was changed on Thursday evening, displaying her as having been “
At around the same time, Davies posted a statement on LinkedIn outlining her resignation, “This evening, I’ve resigned from the position of
The following morning, the Lancaster University Students’ Union “Trustees” page was updated. Neither Laura Davies nor Jane Riley
Board of Trustee’s Page at 9am, 13th September 2019
Board of Trustee’s Page at 10am, 13th September 2019
This is ahead of the Executive Committee meeting on 17th September where the president & vice-presidents of the Union, as well as a range of elected officers and representatives from the student body will discuss the “Save Our Sugarhouse” petition (which has received over 1,000 signatures).
The Union have been asked for a statement but are yet to reply.
This is a developing story.
Update: SU release
statement confirming the resignations (1:40pm)
A SU Spokesperson has said: “We can confirm that Laura Davies (