Home / Roles / Chief Executive – Warwick Students’ Union

Chief Executive – Warwick Students’ Union

Warwick Students' Union

Students' Union recruitment - Bill Yuksel

We're looking for individuals with leadership experience in a complex multi-faceted organisation, with prior responsibility for driving strategy and developing culture.

  • Location: Warwick
  • Salary: c£85k
Chief Executive recruitment with Warwick Students' Union

About this role

Warwick SU is an independent organisation that is part business, part charity, and part membership body. We exist to help students influence and make change, to improve their lives and fulfil their potential. One of more than 550 students’ unions across the country, Warwick Students’ Union has more than 24,000 members, over 250 societies, 70 sports clubs, hundreds of elected representatives and huge range of services including two commercial trading subsidiaries.

We have a talented team of staff, elected officers and trustees who do all they can to ensure that students have a great time at Warwick. We have just finished our current strategic plan which focused on helping students navigate the challenges of student life, as well as helping them to shape the future that they want. We are now in the process of developing our 2019-2023 strategy, which you will have an opportunity to influence. Our themes are not yet finalised, but it is likely that inclusion, equality and equity will be at their heart.

Chief Executive

As our Chief Executive, you will have the opportunity to build on our sustainable financial platform, and create a culture that can enable us to thrive and successfully deliver the next strategic plan. Working in partnership with Warwick University is critical and you will be excited by the prospect of working alongside a leading university in an ever-changing higher education sector.

We are looking for you to bring significant leadership experience, the resilience to handle the challenges supporting students can present, and the gravitas to lead senior stakeholder relationships. The ability to build an ever more positive and inclusive culture is at the heart of what we do.

We expect that you are likely to have had leadership experience in a complex multi-faceted organisation, with prior responsibility for driving strategy and developing culture. Experience supporting and developing governance is desirable as is experience of working in higher education, with commercial subsidiaries and with individuals who are often in their first leadership positions.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel, Associate Business Manager, on 07801 897063 or bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

Philippa Fabry, Director of Not for Profit, on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Bill Yuksel

View profile

Dear Candidate,

Liam Jackson Warwick Students Union Executive Recruitment

As President and Chair of the Board, I am pleased that you are interested in becoming the next Chief Executive of Warwick Students’ Union.

I hope you are as excited as I am about this opportunity. We are one of the largest Students’ Unions in the country, and you have the chance to lead a team of dedicated staff who facilitate the improvement of students’ lives every day.

Separate from the University, we are the independent, not-for-profit, democratic organisation of students at Warwick that represents, advocates for, campaigns for, and enhances students’ rights and experience. We have come great lengths in the last 10 years, from financial difficulty to now being a thriving £8 million operation. In the heart of campus, we provide vast commercial operations, facilitate student voice, and promote student activities and opportunities.

The world students find themselves in continues to drastically change. Ever increasing living and tuition costs and greater marketisation in and out of education means that students’ expectations and needs from us are changing.

The Chief Executive is paramount in ensuring that we win for our 24,000 members. You will drive and implement our emerging Strategic Plan, inspire and support our 110 permanent and 350 student staff members who are passionate and dedicated, and ensure that everything we do is driven by students and is impactful to them.

We are looking for an individual who thrives in a dynamic and ever-changing environment, with new Student Officers every year, and student priorities adapting all the time. If you want to make a difference to peoples’ lives and to the wider world and to take a leading role in making our organisation as progressive, equitable and inclusive as possible then we are the organisation for you.

If this sounds exciting to you, please read the information provided or do get in touch for any further information. On behalf of the Trustees, Officers, staff and students, we look forward to meeting you.

Kind regards,

Liam Jackson
President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

A vibrant place to work

Part business, part charity, part membership body – Warwick Students’ Union is a vibrant place to work.

An independent organisation in our own right, we are professionally run, but different. Our talented teams support elected student leaders to make change, improve lives and fulfil potential; we empower them to make all this happen. Warwick Students’ Union is one of more than 550 students’ unions across the country.

With more than 24,000 members, over 250 societies, 70 sports clubs, hundreds of elected representatives, a huge range of services and a bold strategy, we’re one of the most exciting.

What we do:

We run a range of commercial services which include:

  • The Copper Rooms
  • The Terrace Bar
  • Xananas restaurant
  • The Dirty Duck
  • The Bread Oven
  • Curiositea

We also have a thriving commercial subsidiary which provides digital engagement, website and ecommerce solutions to the wider student movement. You can find our more about Membership Solutions Ltd here: https://www.ukmsl.com/

As a not-for-profit, any surplus revenue generated goes back into the pot to fund student activities which include:

  • Democracy
  • Academic Representation
  • Campaigning: local, regional and national
  • Opportunities: jobs & volunteering
  • Student Advice Centre
  • Over 300 student-run Sports Clubs and Societies

Our strategy

Recruiting a Chief Executive for Warwick Students' Union

We are just in the process of developing our next Big Plan (2019-2023), as part of this we are conducting a strategic review to determine our direction of travel. Our last review was in 2015, which is why we’re now beginning the process again to cover the years 2019-2023. In an ever-changing landscape for Higher Education in the UK, it is vital that we remain both reactive and proactive, and that our services remain relevant to our members’ diverse range of needs.

Utilising feedback and ideas from student surveys, focus groups, Officer manifestos and more, Our Big Plan 2019-23 is shaped by students and will provide a road-map of the direction for Union: where we’ve come from, where we’re headed, and what our members want from us. By the time you join us, it’s likely that we will have developed the what key themes are will be aiming to deliver.

To access a full job description and application details,
please fill out the form below.


If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel, Associate Business Manager, on 07801 897063 or bill@peridotpartners.co.uk or Philippa Fabry, Director of Not for Profit, on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk.

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria focused on experience within the person specification, giving examples. Please ensure that you also explain your motivation for applying within your supporting statement.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “CEO, Warwick SU” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants 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 job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date: Monday 20th May
Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 21st May
Preliminary interviews: Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th May
Assessment centre: Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th May

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Warwick Students’ Union are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.

The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

Data Processing, Protection and Privacy Policy

By completing the form to view, or if you have access to this page from an email invitation, Peridot Partners will have processed your personal information. For more information about Peridot Partners’ data processing activities and your rights, please read our Privacy Policy.

You might also be interested in