LSE Students’ Union External Trustee

Holborn and Covent Garden, London (Greater)
None, but reasonable expenses will be covered
30 Nov 2018
30 Dec 2018
Trustees & Chair
Contract Type

Who we are

Part business, part charity, part membership body – students’ unions are all seriously fun places to work. They are organisations in their own right. Professionally run, but different. Professional teams support elected student leaders to make change, improve lives and fulfil potential; we help make it happen. Arts Students’ Union and LSE Students’ Union work in partnership, sharing members of staff, knowledge and best practice. With more than 30,000 members across 7 higher education institutions and bold new strategies, we’re two of the most unique and exciting SUs in the country.

About the job

As with all charities, LSESU needs to be overseen by a Trustee Board. This established Board brings together our elected Full-Time Officers with Student Trustees and an External Trustee to oversee our governance, finance and strategy.

The Trustee Board reviews the finances of LSESU, receives updates from the sub-committees, and discusses and makes executive decisions on any matters that have arisen. The Trustee Board aims to be forward thinking and supports the development of LSESU.

This is an opportunity to become an active participant in the six meetings of the Board that take place each year, as well as being on hand to take decisions between meetings when the need arises. There will also be an expectation for the External Trustee to sit on LSESU sub-committees.

Who we are looking for?

The individuals appointed as Trustees will need to be sympathetic to the aims of the organisation, and more generally share a commitment to the broader values of the student movement: student representation, student rights and the student experience. Above all, they will understand the importance of students having a platform to organise together to help make these values a reality.

The role requires a careful balance: Trustees need to respect the democratic will of the membership where possible but also be willing to think creatively and point out potential risk in any proposals. An eye for detail and the ability to identify future opportunities are also important.

In addition to this we are seeking to recruit people who bring with them specialist knowledge in some of the areas where we need to add expertise, to ensure the Board can perform its tasks successfully and LSESU is being well governed. 

We will consider applications from all backgrounds but for these two posts, we are particularly interested in people with prior experience in:

  • Strategic implementation
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Legal

Recent experience of the Further or Higher Education sector or of students’ unions themselves is particularly useful but not essential.