Role: External Trustee
Responsible to: Trustee Board
Hours / Time Commitment: 1 x Trustee training/induction day per year, 4 x Trustee Board meetings per year, 2 x Sub-Committee meetings per year
Our vision: Is to empower every student to be who they want to be and make a difference in the world.
Our mission: Through the delivery of our quality support activity, representation, entertainment and value for money services, we will ensure that our students feel part of a community which is inclusive, where they can grow in confidence and simply be students.
Our values as an organisation, are: Supportive, friendly, putting students first and creative
We are looking for people who share our vision, mission and values to help us be a better Keele Students' Union.
Who are we?
Students' Unions are dynamic, fun, yet professional places to work. Keele SU is no different; professional teams support elected student leaders so we can make change, improve lives and fulfill potential - we help make it happen.
Keele SU is one of more than 550 students' unions across the country with approx. 14,000 members, a huge range of services and a bold strategy for our future, we're one of the most exciting.
As well as supporting representational, recreational and support services, we also have a significant commercial aspect aspect. Running bars, a nightclub, catering and Co-op store on campus.
What's the role?
Keele SU is an independent charity, and our Trustees provide strategic oversight of our operations, ensure that we are performing in line with our values, vision and mission and that we are acting in the best interests of our student members. Collectively, the board is responsible for all that the students' union does and they delegate a number of their responsibilities to the staff of the SU, so ensuring those people are supported and challenged to do a great job is a big part of our work. The trustee board is made up of a mixture of elected and appointed students, and externally appointed specialists. A variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills give us the best chance of making good decisions for students. Trusteeship is fulfilling and great for the CV. You'll be involved in setting budgets for an organisation with a turnover of more than £4 million, oversee the work of the Chief Executive and Leadership Team and agree strategic priorities.
We are looking to recruit an external trustee to our Trustee Board.
Who are you?
Someone energised by the prospect of there being lots going on! You'll be enthused by our strategy and vision for the future of Keele SU and you will share our vision, mission and values.
To complement the skills of our existing Board, we would ideally like to attract Trustees with knowledge / experience, or both, of one or more of the following:
- Business Development / Strategy
- Legal Expertise
- Human Resources / HR Management
- Student Experience
- Financial management, income generation and enterprise
- Charity governance
- Higher Education policy
- Local voluntary sector
- National and local government
- Digital and communications strategy
- Trading subsidiaries and social enterprise
- Volunteering / or volunteer management
- Collaborative partnerships
- Social investment and impact
Keele SU values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments, we welcome applications from individuals of black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.
- Because your excited by the challenge!
- You are looking to gain skills and confidence
- You have time to use your skills for others
- You want to put back and help others
- You have an interest in Higher Education and enhancing students' personal development
- You have good communication skills, you are able to listen and also able to communicate complex ideas in a simple way
- You have a willingness to embrace our vision, values and mission
- You have a desire to champion the work of Keele SU and act as an ambassador for Keele SU
When should you apply?
The closing date for applications is 23.59 on 7th August 2022.
Other key dates you should know about:
Interviews will take place on 24th August
Please note there is a day long (9am-4pm) training day on 8th September, ideally you will be able to attend this session, which will be delivered in person, at Keele.
What happens next?
Your application will be reviewed by an appointed group made up of existing trustees. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview, which will ideally be in person, however if it needs to be online, please let us know.
If you are appointed, the Trustees will then ask for the position to be ratified by the full Trustee Board at the next meeting of the Trustee Board.
If you have any questions about the role or the process, please contact: Fay Harris, Deputy Chief Executive (Membership) email@example.com
More information about being a Trustee
More information about being a Keele SU Trustee, the Committee Meetings Board Dates & Cycle of Business can be found at https://keelesu.com/yoursu/abo...
The Charities Commission have produced The Essential Trustee Guide. It gives you a guide to what is required, including your responsibilities to Keele SU as a charity. Don't be put off, if you have any questions, we are here to help, and you will receive training and support throughout your time as a trustee.
Please note there are rules about automatic disqualification.
You can find out about automatic disqualification rules using this link.
Please see the full Job description and Person Specification for full details about the role.
To help you to complete questions asked on the application form please refer to the Sub Committee documents below: