Have you ever considered becoming an external trustee?

Friday 17-02-2017 - 11:23

Students' unions across the UK are looking talented, passionate professionals to volunteer their skills and experience to help change the lives of others.

We’re supporting 26 unions who are looking to find the right people to volunteer their time as external trustees. If you’re currently a staff member in a students’ union you might be really well placed to act as an external trustee for another students’ union in the movement.

Trustee Boards in students’ unions are made up of student officers and students who are leading their organisation to deliver change for their members. What they need is support and guidance on things like strategy, financial oversight, legal advice and human resource support. You would be forming part of a team that delivers real change for students and helps develop student trustees too.

There are currently vacancies in students’ unions across the UK but there are over 140 students’ unions in the UK who have places on their board reserved for ‘external trustees’, so keep an eye out for one near you if the current opportunities don’t appeal.

Your skills and experience could genuinely help change the lives of others.

The Role

As a trustee you have legal responsibility for the charity, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

To do this, you ensure compliance with charity law and other regulation whilst using reasonable care and skill in your work as trustees, using your personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient.

The expectations

Trustees in students’ unions typically need to commit to between four and six meetings a year, with some additional duties or committees depending on your availability.

All students’ unions pay reasonable remuneration for expenses incurred as a result of carry out duties in your role.

Please view the range of roles available online and experience required in students’ unions across the UK at and send a CV and covering letter to stating which three unions you would like to consider your application.


Features, Quality Students Unions, Strategic Support Unit

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