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Lay Trustees x2 Students’ Union Bournemouth University

This is an exciting time to join SUBU as a trustee - we have recently launched a new strategic plan and are looking for external expertise to help us achieve our strategic objectives.

  • Location: Bournemouth (hybrid mixture of remote and in person meetings)
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses covered
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 11th July 2022

SUBU is an independent charity, representing around 17,000 Bournemouth University students, and exists to be the voice of students.

SUBU is democratically led by four elected Sabbatical Officers and supported by a talented team of staff and volunteers who work to make the student experience as great as possible.

Whether that it is through our clubs and societies, our commercial venues or by providing advice and representation, we are here for all students to help them get the most from their university experience.

We are currently undertaking a transformational change programme across all aspects of the charity and seeking two Lay Trustees to join our Trustee Board as we strive to evolve.

This is an exciting time to join SUBU as a trustee – we have recently launched a new strategic plan and are looking for external expertise to help us achieve our strategic objectives.

You’ll also gain experience of sitting on the board of a multi-million pound charity with a commercial subsidiary and play a key role in the future strategic direction.

In this application round, we are seeking Trustees with skills in one or more of the following areas; business, finance, charity management, sustainability and equality diversity and inclusion.

The right candidate will have an innovative mindset and be able to help us drive organisational improvements for the benefits of all students.

We would like to encourage anyone who feels that they could bring something to our board to apply and welcome first time Trustees too.

We will provide training and guidance to help all of our Trustees to succeed.

Trustees are expected to attend up to five board meetings a year of around 2 hours each.

We are especially welcoming applications from candidates from Black, Asian and other ethnic communities currently underrepresented in positions of leadership.

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 | 07801 897063


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Thank you for your interest in becoming a trustee of the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU). SUBU is an independent charity dedicated to making the lives of Bournemouth University students better, whether that is through running clubs and societies, putting on events in our venues or by supporting students with our Advice Service, we are here to be the voice of students at Bournemouth University.

SUBU is a democratically-run organisation, led by a team of four elected sabbatical officers, who are either students who have recently graduated or are taking a break from their studies. SUBU is a registered charity and has a trustee board, which ensures the effective stewardship of the students’ union. The Board is responsible for the financial, legal and reputational integrity of the students’ union and works with the Chief Executive and management team to set the strategic direction of the organisation.

The SUBU board is made up of four sabbatical officers, including the President who is the chair of the board. The Trustee Board is also made up of Lay Trustees and Student Trustees.

We are looking for two lay trustees to join our Board. Lay trustees provide expertise to the Board and we are looking for a candidate with particular strengths in:

Business & Finance:

For this appointment we would value a person with experience of strategic business delivery and performance monitoring and/or finance and management accounting. We anticipate that the successful candidate could also be a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Charity, Sustainability and Equality Diversity and Inclusion:

For this appointment we would value a person with experience in either the charity sector at a leadership level, environmental sustainability and/or Equality Diversity and Inclusion.

About Students' Union Bournemouth University (SUBU)

The Students Union at BU Ltd is an independent incorporated charity.

SUBU has 42 salaried staff and normally recruits up to 200 casual student staff each year. SUBU normally has an annual turnover of circa £4m. SUBU is funded primarily through a block grant from Bournemouth University and generates further income through several commercial outlets, including an on-campus shop, bar, and coffee outlet, as well as a town centre nightclub.  SUBU operates a trading subsidiary called Feelprime Ltd.

For more information about SUBU, please visit our website. 

For more details about the Trustee Board, please click here.

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    Bill Yuksel | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07801 897063

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 11th July 2022
    Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 18th July 2022
    Final interviews: w/c 25th July (TBC)

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