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Chief Executive Keele SU

We want our Chief Executive to have an ambitious vision for the future with the leadership ability and communication skills to support and empower our staff and elected officers to deliver real impact.

  • Location: Keele
  • Salary: £63,999 - £69,999
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June

Who we are.

Keele SU is located at the heart of the largest single-site campus in Europe. We exist to empower every student to be who they want to be and make a difference in the world.

We do this through the delivery of our quality support, activity, representation, entertainment and value-for-money services. We ensure that our students feel part of a community which is inclusive, where they can grow in confidence and simply be students.

We have a warm, embracing, quirky close-knit team that we are proud of. We work through our values of being supportive, friendly, and creative and we put students first in all that we do.

We have grown our commercial services significantly with the development of our franchised CO-OP store, which is often one of the top 10 performing CO-OP’s in the whole of the UK.


About the role.

Despite our growth, our funding and income have not risen in line with the cost-of-living challenges in the UK and our staffing costs have increased significantly. We are actively looking at ways to address this and will have taken some actions on this prior to our Chief Executive starting, to ensure that our new Chief Executive can focus on long-term vision.

We have excellent levels of student engagement and feel that there are significant opportunities ahead for Keele SU. Our university partner is in the process of establishing their new 10-year plan, and it will be important for our next Chief Executive to ensure that we also build a long-term strategic vision that can meet the needs of our current and future students.

We want our Chief Executive to have an ambitious vision for the future with the leadership ability and communication skills to support and empower our staff and elected officers to deliver real impact. It will be important that our Chief Executive can work in partnership with a complex range of stakeholders and can deliver financial sustainability within a complex charitable and commercial portfolio.

As we continue to develop and grow, it will be important to Keele SU and Keele University that we build further social and environmental sustainability wherever possible. We hope our Chief Executive can embody a strong commitment to sustainability.


  • Discounted gym membership
  • Retail and food discounts
  • Access to staff Parking
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Hybrid working
  • Occupational Health & Staff Counselling services
  • On Campus Nursery
  • Staff Housing
  • Post-graduate study discounts
  • Pension scheme
  • On Campus Chapel and Islamic centre

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063


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About Keele SU

Keele SU is all about making sure our students enjoy their time at Keele, and that we do all we can to make it enjoyable, engaging and developing.

Students are automatically members of Keele SU. As a membership-led organisation students get a say in how the Students’ Union is run; by voting for officers and putting forward suggestions on the way we do things. It also means students have access to the building throughout the academic year and are able to join any of our 100+ clubs and societies, and make friends, develop skills, and have the best time possible while at Keele.

The Students’ Union are there to support. Whether to get a break from studying or even providing somewhere to work or to celebrate after handing in essays and completing exams, the Students’ Union is there to be shaped by what students want the Student Experience to be. Keele SU is member-led and here to help every student feel welcome and part of the Keele community.

We aim to be a students’ union of the highest quality in representing and supporting you to get the most from your time at Keele.

Our values are:


We will support you through your entire student journey, both through the good times and not so good times.


We will make you feel welcome when engaging with us and ensure we are approachable. Whether you engage with us every day or once a year, we’ll be there.

Putting students first

It goes without saying, we’re a Students’ Union, we exist because of you, we’ll change and flex as you need us to so we can stay relevant to you.


We want you to be creative, inspired to try new things with us and become who you want to be. We also want our staff and officers to be creative, trialing new ideas to ensure we can keep up to date with what you need.

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

We are a Disability confident employer and are also signed up to the Fertility workplace pledge. We also signed up for Endsleigh Health Assured EAP and also signed up to the Access to Work Able Futures scheme.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 7th June 2024
    First stage interviews: Monday 17th (AM) and Tuesday 18th June (AM) 2024
    Final stage interviews: Tuesday 25th June 2024

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