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Finance Trustee King’s College London Students’ Union

King's College London Students' Union is seeking a senior finance professional to join the Board as a Trustee and Committee Chair during an exciting period of change within the charity’s history.

  • Location: Central London
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) is the oldest students’ union in the UK. We are a £11.3m income democratic membership charity that supports, empowers and represents 40,000+ students.

With our Strategy 2025, which is currently undergoing a refresh, we aim to constantly evolve in providing the support our students need to thrive. We achieve this by empowering our students and student leaders to shape their own futures and communities and connect them to exciting opportunities. Moreover, through elections and representation, we help students access spaces where they can lobby on behalf of their peers and bring about change. We also provide unforgettable social experiences for students through our clubs, societies, and large commercial portfolio.

KCLSU has one of the most diverse student bodies in the Russell Group, and we have a proud history of using this position to challenge discrimination, resist structural oppression and work against institutional racism.

About the role

As a Trustee, you will help the Board to ensure the Union meets its strategic aims and works in the best interest of its members. The Board focuses on issues of financial stability, quality of service, reputation, and legal obligations; and reacts to urgent issues. Our 2025 strategy was built following in-depth research to understand what students require from a modern SU – we have supported our students through the pandemic and the current rise in the cost of living.

Following changes in our senior leadership, extensive strategic research, and the planning of a review of our articles review, we would like an experienced finance leader to join our Board. They will be a critical friend to the Union and its finance/commercial team as we operate our venues during a cost-of-living crisis and prepare our new strategy.

You will act as Chair of our Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee helping to ensure our strategy is underpinned by strong financial planning and connects the charity and commercial parts of the Union. The committee has delegated authority to scrutinise the Union’s financial reports and efficiencies and you will be a key part in this process.

You will work alongside fellow Trustees, including students and officers elected to the Board. It is a great opportunity to form a mentoring bond with young leaders whilst providing strategic oversight of a multi-million-pound charity.

Who we are looking for

We are actively searching for a seasoned finance professional to enhance our Board. If you have in-depth knowledge of financial management and an understanding of board-level financial strategy, we welcome your application. In addition, skills including auditing and managing risk are especially useful.

Commitment and Passion:

Beyond your professional experience, your passion for our students and our overarching mission is paramount. Whether you are a seasoned trustee or someone with governance experience we wholeheartedly welcome your application. We recognise the importance of equipping our Trustees, and for those unfamiliar with this capacity, we will work at ensuring you can significantly contribute to our Board’s endeavours.

Time Commitment: 10-11 engagements a year. 

The role consists of the following annual commitments:

  • Four board meetings where key decisions are made and our strategic direction is set, reviewed and evaluated.
  • Four Finance, Audit and Risk subcommittee meetings, where you’ll be instrumental in scrutinising our financial decisions.
  • An annual away day, serving as a reflective retreat to acknowledge our accomplishments.

Understanding the value and commitment each Trustee brings, we believe that our Trustees form the keystone of our sustained success. If you are propelled by a desire to leave a lasting impact and help craft the trajectory of our Union, we invite you to join our board.


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

Jonah Graham jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Jonah Graham

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Welcome from our President

Portrait of KCLSU 2023 Officer in The Strand, London © Nacho Rivera

As the current Student Union President and one of the proud sabbatical officers at KCLSU, I also have the honour of chairing our Board of Trustees. As we embark on our search for a new Trustee, I want to highlight the invaluable impact our board has on guiding and strengthening the very core of our student community.

Being part of KCLSU is not just a position but a commitment to the betterment of student lives. Here, you’ll be joining a legacy, as our Union stands as the oldest in the UK. Our Trustees play a critical role in shaping the path of our student community. Your expertise and vision will be pivotal in ensuring that every student feels seen, heard, empowered and able to thrive.

Your potential contribution would not just be valued, but celebrated as a beacon of positive change, echoing the aspirations of students past, present and future.

Together, let’s ensure that every voice resonates, every idea inspires, and every student thrives.

I eagerly await the opportunity to work alongside individuals as passionate and dedicated as you.

Thanks,

Steven Suresh

KCLSU President 2023/24

Welcome from Our Student Officer Team

Portrait of KCLSU 2023 Officer in The Strand, London © Nacho Rivera

Hello!

We are the Student Officers of KCLSU representing our 33,000+ strong student body at King’s College London, giving them an even louder voice and holding the university to account.

It is a privilege and joy to work with students and staff alike to ensure every student has the best experience possible at King’s College London. As officers, we are democratically elected by students to administer our respective portfolios and sit on the Board as Trustees. Our primary focus is to improve the student lives of our members and our student community by delivering impactful projects, campaigns, and work that inspires a future where the student experience is enhanced.

Your interest in our Union and joining the KCLSU world will contribute to bringing everyone together to connect, have fun, build communities, share experiences and make a change.

We thoroughly enjoy serving the student body of King’s College London and would like to welcome you to our Board.

Janvi Jagasia — VP Education (Health)
Hassan Ali — VP Welfare & Community
Sadaf Abbas Cheema — VP Education (Arts & Sciences)
Thea Turton — VP of Activities & Development
Alizeh Abrar — VP Postgraduate
Steven Suresh — President

About King’s College London Students’ Union

King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) is the oldest students’ union in the UK. We were founded in 1873 as the Union Society of King’s College London and then changed our name in 1908 to KCLSU.

KCLSU is where we help King’s College students make friends through joining student groups and sports clubs such as football, dance or the Coffee Appreciation Society, or by meeting new people in our cafes and bars. Should students run into any difficulties during their time here at the University, we also give them guidance and advice about academic problems and focus on uplifting and supporting their well-being by organising activities and working with students to help with other issues.

KCLSU offers a fun, social and flexible work environment that attracts talented professionals who want to make an impact on a diverse student body!

We welcome you to join us.

Our Vision

A future where every member of KCLSU has the opportunity to thrive.

Our Mission

Together with our members, we are a union of students where individuals love their university experience, are involved in shaping the future, have the power to make change and connect to each other openly.

Our Values

We strive by our four values of being Inclusive, Collaborative, Open and Brave. These are what we are as people within an organisation and how we go about our work.

Our Teams

Communications Marketing & Data

The KCLSU Communications, Marketing and Data Directorate supports the organisation in implementing a strategy to effectively amplify, communicate and showcase the work KCLSU does in maintaining students’ collective vision.

The Directorate offers guidance and expertise to the organisation on specific focal points of communications, messaging, brand, and delivery aiming for best practices across all our print and digital channels.

Support Services

Our support services teams are our Human Resources (HR), Governance, Payroll, IT & Facilities, and Finance departments.

We are here to assist you with the day-to-day effective functioning of your role at KCLSU. One of the most important aspects of any business is servicing its workforce, meeting their requirements or addressing queries surrounding terms of recruitment, learning and development, wages, pension schemes, policies, employee relationships, employee engagement, legal and compliance management, financial support and anything else relevant to the above during their time at KCLSU.

We also provide managers, supervisors, and senior management with comprehensive support services focused on their specialised needs.

Our IT and Facilities team ensure that student and non-student staff can work in their core areas as smoothly as possible. They assist in the onboarding process, helping to set up equipment and technology access, whilst keeping health and safety in check.

Community and Representation

The Community Engagement Directorate strives to build students’ sense of belonging, community voice and leadership potential at the University by supporting 400 student-led clubs, societies and communities, 3000 volunteers, representatives and community leaders, and 14,000 active student participants through community development, events management, community volunteering, policy and research, facilitation of community voice, campaigning, community leadership training, our peer mentoring buddy scheme, and democratic practices.

Advice and Well-being

KCLSU Advice provides free, confidential and impartial academic advice to students about issues affecting their studies. We’re here to help students in a way that is non-judgmental, straightforward and empowering.

Well-being has become a pivotal part of KCLSU, providing students with the best support in collaboration with King’s University.

We have various support groups like Positive Peers, the Black Student Talk support group and a Well-being Hub that helps students cope with their new transition into university life.

Our Venues

The Shack, Bush House, The Strand

The Shack is an alcohol-free cafe on the ground floor of our Union at Bush House, where students can enjoy great quality coffee, sandwiches, pastries and other grab-and-go snacks at extremely student-friendly prices. The cafe sits in a vibrant, open space with multi-purpose seating, a games area, a nearby cinema, a performance area and a host of other facilities.

The Vault, Bush House, The Strand

The Vault is a sports bar, restaurant and nightclub. It serves food at King’s Business School all throughout the day, with lots of activities and day/night events, including club nights and opportunities for private hire.

The Union Shop, Bush House Arcade, The Strand

Located at Bush House Arcade on the Strand, The Union Shop is the only place for King’s College London branded merchandise; think hoodies, tees, bags, accessories, gifts and stationery.

The Shed, Guy’s Campus

The Shed is our alcohol-free, inclusive space on Guy’s Campus where everyone can go to chill, play a game of table tennis, have meetings and find out what’s happening at the Union.

Guy’s Bar, Guy’s Campus

A crucial part of our medics’ and dentists’ history but open to all, Guy’s Bar opened in 1882 and has been a cornerstone of the GKT — the medical school of King’s College London and the three hospitals, Guy’s Hospital, King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital — community since. The Bar hosts events like quizzes, karaoke nights and Sports Nights for students.

Our Spaces

The Strand

South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London | WC2R 1AE

The Strand Campus is home to:

  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • The Dickson Poon School of Law
  • Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (also at the Waterloo Campus)
  • King’s Foundations
  • King’s Business School

Guy’s

Boland House, Great Maze Pond, London | SE1 9RT

Guy’s Campus is home to:

  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (also at the Waterloo Campus)
  • Dental Institute

Waterloo

Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford Street, London | SE1 9NH

The Waterloo Campus is home to:

  • Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (also at Guy’s Campus)
  • Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (also at the Strand Campus)
  • London Dental Education Centre (LonDEC), part of the Dental Institute (also at Guy’s and Denmark Hill)

Denmark Hill

16 De Crespigny Park, London | SE5 8AF

The Denmark Hill Campus provides facilities for the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute. It is the home of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the Champion Hill Residence.

All our commercial spaces employ student staff, and funds from the venues go back into running services for students!

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 1st April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 5th April 2024
    Interviews: w/c 15th April 2024


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