Last night's Council gave final approval for the creation of the ICU trustee board, in the second reading of the relevant constitutional changes. An interim trustee board will now be formed to start the process of registering as a charity, with a full board being created next year.
Following approval of the trustee board Council began appointments to the board, starting with a lay trustee and chair. Ram Gidoomal was put forward by the President as an ideal candidate, as both an Imperial alumnus and current College Governor. Gidoomal has been involved in the formation of a number of charities and ran for London Mayor twice for the Christian Peoples Alliance.
Gidoomal's association with the CPA caused controversy in the ICU Executive meeting last week, with Natural Sciences Postgraduate Representative Alex Guite expressing concerns about their negative stance on homosexuality and abortion. Taking questions in Council, Gidoomal was quick to distance himself from the organisation - he quit in 2004 after the mayoral election due to its increased radicalisation. He highlighted his diverse background, coming from a hindu family, brought up as a sikh and taught at a muslim school before converting to Christianity at Imperial.
Two student trustees were also appointed to the interim trustee board at the meeting: student trustees will be elected directly by the student body once the board is fully set up. Danny McGuinness, current Council Chair and former medic president, was the first appointment. The second was Adele Peel, a member of Council for several years in various positions.
The Union must now begin the long process of registering with the Charities Commission and forming a full trustee board before the governance changes come fully into effect.