External Trustee

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 SU.


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 10,000 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.  Running bars, a nightclub, catering and from September 2021, a brand new Co-op store on campus.

What's the role?

KeeleSU 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 gives 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 excess of £4 million, oversee the work of the Chief Executive and Leadership Team and agree strategic priorities.

 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 KeeleSU and you will share our vision, mission and values.  We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board.  We meet in person and have been using Zoom or Teams, so if you live further afield, this is not a barrier.

KeeleSU 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.

Please see more about the role and the ideal knowledge areas we would ideally like to attract within the Job Description & Person Specification

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