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Lay Trustees | Liverpool John Moores Students’ Union (JMSU)

JMSU is the representative body of the 24,000 students at Liverpool John Moores University. As a Lay Trustee you will play an important role in helping us establish, develop and deliver a new strategy.

  • Salary: Unremunerated. c.10 Engagements per year, plus one in-person away day (COVID-19 permitting)

About the role

We are a change organisation. We are here to focus completely on LJMU students and their experience channelling student feedback to the University and beyond, advocating and campaigning on their behalf.

We offer a wide range of activities, services and support to help students get the most out of their time at University. This covers everything from the social side to making sure everything is going well in your studies. We have 100+ student groups, involving over 4,000 student members, giving students the opportunity to make change and engage with like-minded people. All of our work is led by and in the best interest of LJMU students. We want to be a positive influence on the lives of all students at LJMU.

We value partnership and collaboration with students and colleagues in the University and over the last two years we have been making major changes. We have a relatively new CEO and staffing structure and we are currently finalising changes to our governing structure as well as moving our physical presence into a new, purpose-built Student Life building.

Despite the challenges COVID-19 has presented we have a managed to maintain a healthy financial position and have a more stable platform to operate from. Now we can begin to look ahead to the future with confidence and excitement.

Once we have settled into our new building we will want to start thinking about a new strategy. As a Trustee you will have a role in helping us establish, develop and deliver this.

Who we are looking for

We have up to three Trustee roles available and feel that expertise in the following areas would add most value: marketing, communications and digital expertise; income generation/diversification; financial expertise and experience from other membership service focused charities.

We are committed to building inclusive boards and currently have a constitutional requirement to have gender balanced boards. At least two of the places we are recruiting for will be reserved for those who self-define as women.

We welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented communities, to apply.

If you would like to discuss this role further, you can schedule a call with our advising consultant at Peridot partners via: https://calendly.com/byuksel

Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th March 2021

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

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Welcome from Lila Tamea, President and Chair of the Board

Dear Prospective Trustee,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Liverpool John Moores University Students’ Union as a member of our Board of Trustees.

We are privileged to support more than 24,000 students every year that come to study at Liverpool John Moores University. Their circumstances, experiences and aspirations are many and varied, but we share a simple vision for them all: that they feel happy and confident, during, and at the end of their time at University.

We are an independent charity and offer a wide range of opportunities, services and support to help students get the most out of their time at University. This covers everything from social activities to making sure everything’s going right on their academic course. We have over 100 student groups and all of our work is led by, and in the best interest of, students.

Over the past couple of years, we have gone through an exciting period of change as we strive to develop member engagement, ensuring each and every student has a voice within the University and that LJMU has happy, confident students.

We are excited about our future and are looking for passionate people who can help us to take JMSU to the next level. We strongly believe that the recruitment of ambitious and enthusiastic trustees is vital to our success. If you have the skills, experience and passion to assist us in achieving our vision then we would love to hear from you.

Lila Tamea
President and Chair of the Board

About JMSU

We are the StudentsUnion for all students at Liverpool John Moores University. Were a studentled charity. Although we work closely with them through a variety of partnership activities, we are independent from the University. Were here to welcome LJMU students to student life and ensure that they have the best possible experience whilst they are here.

We do this by helping LJMU students succeed with their course and help them get their dream job when they leave.

We have an entire team dedicated to making sure students achieve the best they can on their course. Whether it’s feedback on what’s good or what needs to be changed, or if they need some impartial advice, we’re here to help them.

We also provide a wide range of student opportunities to help students have fun, build networks and develop their skills and knowledge alongside their course. Students can volunteer with us or gain important employability skills in a range of positions on our student staff team.

Our Strategy

We feel privileged to be on the journey of the 24,000 people that have chosen Liverpool John Moores University to study.

Our vision for all students is simple: that they feel happy and confident, during, and at the end of their time at LJMU.

Our strategy for 2017-2020 sets out how we seek to achieve this aspiration, and defines our:

Vision: Happy, confident students.

Mission: We support and empower all LJMU students, connecting them to each other and the world around them.

Values: Student-led, Inclusive, Independent, Proud.

Student Communities

Coming to University isn’t just about getting a great degree – it’s also where  students grow and develop, make friends and try new things. JMSU is here to help make this easy for our students.

We support student leaders in running over 100 clubs and societies for students to explore and join. So whether they’re playing netball, baking or want to meet other international students, there’s a student group for everyone.

Elected Leaders

We are a democratic, membership organisation. Four student leaders (Sabbatical Officers) are elected annually by all students to lead JMSU. Our officers for 2020- 2021 are:

  • Lila Tamea (President)
  • Megan Hill (VP Community Engagement)
  • Emily Roxbee Cox (VP Activities)
  • Tuba Shahzad (VP Academic Quality)

The officer team lead the political and campaigning direction of JMSU and help ensure that our priorities are aligned to students’ needs. All four officers are members of our Trustee Board which governs the work of JMSU and makes important decisions about our future. Complemented by a team of Part Time Officers, these students lead our vital Equality, Diversity and Inclusion campaigns ensuring students are represented and feel a sense of belonging on campus.

Lila Tamea (President)

Megan Hill (VP Community Engagement)

Emily Roxbee Cox (VP Activities)

Tuba Shahzad (VP Academic Quality)

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    Please download the Trustee Recruitment Pack and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

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

    Bill Yuksel, Business Manager, on 07801 897063 or bill@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 against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Lay Trustee – Liverpool John Moores Students’ Union” into the subject field.

    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.

    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.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th March 2021
    Shortlisting: Friday 12th March 2021
    Interviews: Friday 19th March 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and Liverpool John Moores 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 form.

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