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Lay Trustees – King’s College London Students’ Union

King's College London Students' Union

Bill Yuksel - Students' Union recruitment - King's College London Students' Union for Trustee recruitment

Contribute to the experience of 35,000 students and help us achieve even more for them.

  • Location: London
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About the role

KCLSU is a £7m income charity that exists to ensure that every student at King’s College London has the best experience possible. We provide a range of commercial and charitable services to help our students reach their potential and make the most of their time studying at King’s.

Over the last year we have undertaken a significant amount of change which saw us appoint a new CEO and secure additional funding from our university partner. We are now about to launch our next strategic plan with a range of challenging goals. These include helping students gain better futures (be that via continued education or work), have an even better academic experience and more opportunities to socialise. Ultimately, we want to ensure that our students leave KCL well connected and ready for the next stage of their life journey.

Lay Trustees

To help us to deliver our goals and ambitions, we are looking for two Trustees with experience in either strategic finance or possessing legal and / or governance expertise. In addition, we need people who can demonstrate successfully leading change in senior strategic leadership roles, and who can provide help to ensure we have effective financial oversight, credible governance and a sustainable approach to business.

We will expect trustees to be able to contribute constructively across a range of topics, challenge effectively and be excited by the opportunity to work in collaboration with Student and Elected Trustees, who are often in their first board roles.

If you are excited about being able to contribute innovative thinking and like challenging the status quo, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel on 07801 897063 or bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

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

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Dear Candidate,

Trustee recruitment for KCLSU

On behalf of the Student Officers, Trustees and staff, we would like to thank you for your interest in King’s College London Students’ Union.

We exist to represent approximately 35,000 students at King’s College London (KCL). We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The work we do has a direct and indirect impact on not just the local community but also on international communities. Our work impacts not just our students but the entire King’s community as well as people across the world.

The union works closely with the university as a consultative body providing expertise on the student experience. This significantly effects many of the decisions and projects undertaken by the university, which as a huge international university, has a global impact

Our activities are managed and supported by 50 professional staff members and more than 150 students who work for us alongside their studies. We have a turnover of approximately £7 million per annum and our activities are spread across campuses across London.

In addition to our core purpose of being the legitimate representative body for students at KCL, we provide a range of services; academic and welfare advice, support to students running societies and volunteering opportunities in and around the campuses. We also run three bars, two cafes and two campus shops. Additionally to this, we have five student ‘hubs’ which employ students to provide support and advice to their fellow students.

Whilst we play an important student representative role that sometimes sees us challenge the university, we work closely with them and support areas of delivery within their strategy and their day-to-day functions.

We are entering the first year of our current strategic plan, and we are really proud of the progress we have made so far. The plan, based on extensive research and consultation with our members, has enabled us to lay solid foundations for the next stage of our journey. We have seen the opening of two new student spaces, including a brand-new bar and catering offer in London; the reaccreditation of both our student advice services by the Advice Quality Standard and the support we provide all our student volunteers by Investors in Volunteers and the opening of new provision at the university’s London campus.

As we enter our next phase, we know that the quality of our governance structures will be critical to our future success. Whilst there are some things we already do really well we have identified a need for the board to continue to provide scrutiny to our finances and governance.

As we progress through this exciting period we seek people with the values and skills needed to help lead us along that path. With this, we aim to deliver more success stories and sustainable growth in student involvement in our activities.

For further information about the role and our organisation and any questions about the role, please contact our recruitment consultants at Peridot Partners.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Ahad Mahmood
Union President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

KCLSU - Students' Union recruitment - Peridot

We’re KCLSU (King’s College London Students’ Union). Every student at King’s is automatically a member of KCLSU.

Together, with our members, we are a union of students that

  • connect to each other, KCL and others,
  • share social experiences,
  • represents our views to decision makers,
  • and build our future together.

We’re here to make sure every King’s student has the opportunity to thrive.

We’re run by students, for students. Our decisions, policies and what we do are decided by our 30,000+ student members. As a democratic charity and membership organisation, students lead us at every level to achieve our priorities.

Our governance

KCLSU is governed by a Board of Trustees; the trustees are also directors of the charitable company. Two thirds of the board are current students of King’s College London who are elected by the members of KCLSU annually. Student Trustees during this time were elected for terms of up to one year. There are also four non-student/lay trustees on the board who are appointed for their particular professional knowledge and skills. Appointed/lay trustees may serve for an initial term of four years, renewable for one further term of four years.

Full details of current trustees and those who served in 2017-18 and who joined or left the board in the period from 31 July 2017 together with the organisation’s principal advisors can be found in Legal and Administrative Information in our annual report.

All trustees undertake an induction programme and are given briefings on the organisation’s operations and goals. The induction programme covers the role of trustee, provides an understanding of the legal responsibilities of being a trustee and Company Director, and through meeting key board and Senior Leadership Team members provides an appreciation of KCLSU’s vision, mission and values and the relationship between trustees and executive.

Newly elected or appointed trustees are invited to attend one or more board meetings before taking up their positions. The trustees are responsible for the overall performance and strategic direction of KCLSU on behalf of its members of over 30,000 students of King’s College London. In this respect the board undertakes self-assessment and further development initiatives as required, ensuring that they work to high standards.

More information:

KCLSU website
KCLSU Big Plan 2014-19
Organisation chart

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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.

To apply for this position, please provide a comprehensive CV and a supporting statement of no more than two pages of A4 and e-mail that directly to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Lay Trustees, KCLSU” into the subject field. Please ensure that your application fully addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification.

At KCLSU Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are at the heart of everything we do and we endeavour to ensure equal treatment of all candidates. We welcome a diverse range of applicants and are open to discussing flexibility with the right candidate. Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities at all stages of the recruitment and selection process, and to ensure that a successful candidate with a disability can undertake the post.


To be eligible to apply for this role you must:

  • Be eligible to work in the UK, and provide proof of this (i.e. a passport/visa) when asked by KCLSU;
  • Have a National Insurance number, or be in the process of applying for one;
  • Not be a current student or member of staff at King’s College London.


Closing date: Monday 8th July 2019
Interviews: w/c Thursday 1st August

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