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External Trustee

Listed by Birmingham City Students' Union


Application deadline: Fri 21 Jan 2022 12:00


Thu 03 Feb 2022


We are looking for a new external trustee to join the board at Birmingham City University Students’ Union.

Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, a charity’s management and administration. You will utilise your personal and professional skills, experience and knowledge to support and assist BCUSU in developing and delivering our Mission, Vision and Values, and achieving our organisational goals. Trustees for BCUSU have ultimate responsibility for ensuring good governance, ensuring organisational compliance in all areas of legislation, policy and procedure, and ensuring that the Board reaches structured and sound decisions. Trustees play a very important role and Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons - from a sense of making a difference to the charitable cause, to new experiences and relationships.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved with BCUSU during a period of significant change.  Our strategic plan, initially projected for 2017-2020, was extended due to the impact of Covid.   It is now in the process of being revised. We are feeling hugely positive about the opportunities ahead for our student members and services and welcome the prospect of inviting a new trustee to be part of the next chapter in BCUSU’s development.

The Board of Trustees meets 5 times per year; Subcommittees of the Board generally meet 4 times per year. Additional communication may be required between meetings via email, and Board members will also be required to set time aside in advance of meetings to read all papers relating to meetings. Trustees should be willing to commit to the role for a minimum of 2 years. 

We intend to run board future meetings utilising hybrid technology, so equally welcome local applicants or applicants from further afield, or abroad, who can join the meetings remotely.

We would especially welcome applications from professionals with experience in People Development, HR and / or Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

We are committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace that benefits our students and staff therefore we are actively encouraging applications from People of Colour to join the board. 

Please note, this is an unpaid, volunteer position.

Principle purpose of role:

  • Ultimately responsible for directing the affairs of Birmingham City Students’ Union

  • Ensure that Birmingham City Students’ Union is well run and delivers the objectives for which it has been set up

  • Ensure that Birmingham City Students’ Union works for and with its membership in all that it does



If you would like to express interest in the role of external trustee please submit a covering letter and/or a copy of your CV to:  Please provide a summary of your relevant experience and an explanation on why you would like to be considered for the role.  There is no word limit for applications but we expect submissions to be detailed as well as concise and succinct. 

Closing date: Friday 21st January 2022 at 12pm

Interviews will take place online on Thursday 3rd February 2022

If you would like to make informal enquires prior to submitting an expression of interest please contact  with your enquiry (or contact details if you’d prefer a conversation) and we will get in touch with you.

Please let us know by emailing us at, if you require any reasonable adjustments to assist you in the application or interview process and where possible we will meet your individual needs. Any requests will be dealt with in confidence.