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Lay Trustees | Liverpool Guild of Students

We exist to improve, develop and enrich the lives of all students. We are looking for trustees who are able to think strategically, can critically evaluate complex issues and have a positive impact on the effectiveness of the board.

  • Location: Liverpool, Merseyside (c.10/12 days a year)
  • Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

About the role

Liverpool Guild of Students £4m+ multi-purpose charity which is proud to represent the students at the University of Liverpool. We work tirelessly to enrich the lives of our students and work in partnership with the University of Liverpool to improve student experiences in any way that we can.

We are operating in an increasingly challenging education sector with ever-changing student needs and a global pandemic to navigate.

Several years of strong financial performance has given us a stable position, but we must ensure that we innovate and make changes to ensure that we remain financially stable in the long term.

Who we are looking for

Despite the disruption of COVID-19, we are still pursuing new opportunities in our commercial activities, managing risk and overviewing financial performance at a strategic level. Additional expertise in these areas would add value to our board.

We are becoming more inclusive and representative of the diversity of our membership and have made significant progress to ensure that our students from ethnic minority backgrounds and other underrepresented groups feel empowered to stand for elected office. This has proven to be successful; however, we still have some work to do to ensure that our staff and wider board teams are also representative of the diversity of our students.

The responsibility to educate and advance our culture is entirely ours. We strongly encourage people with experience of leading relevant HR, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programmes that have created more inclusive workplaces, to come forward and apply.

We also encourage people with strong connections to Merseyside to apply and especially welcome applications from Ethnic Minority communities. Having a more diverse and locally focused board would enrich our discussions and enhance the culture, which will result in better leadership and decision making.

You do not need previous trustee experience. We will guide, support and develop you in the role.

Candidates are invited to arrange an informal conversation with our advising consultant, Bill Yuksel, at Peridot Partners here: https://calendly.com/byuksel/

Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th January 2021

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

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Welcome from Guild President, Adnan Hussain

Hello and welcome to Liverpool Guild of Students,

Thank you for your interest in becoming an External Trustee of the Guild. Our purpose as a students’ union is to act on behalf of our members to improve their time at the University of Liverpool, and to encourage them to become actively involved in opportunities available whilst at University.

In this pack you will find all the information you will need to apply for this important role. We are a registered charity and receive most of our funding through a block grant from the University of Liverpool. Any extra money we make comes from our trading activities. Our trustees are collectively responsible for making sure the Guild delivers on its charitable objects and remains fit for purpose and viable for the future.

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has impacted on our organisation, and everything from our staff to our services have felt the effects. Despite the hurdles we have and continue to face, we remain dedicated to supporting our students and fighting for the things which matter most to them. Financial difficulties, accommodation worries, academic stresses and mental health issues are just some of the challenges our students are facing as a result of the pandemic. We have made sure we speak on their behalf so that their questions, concerns and frustrations are heard by University decision makers.

Outside of this work we continue to represent the other interests amongst our student body – an example of which being the recent Black Lives Matter movement which saw us take steps to dismantle institutionalised racism and ensure both the Guild and University are creating an inclusive campus by listening to Black students.

We have added an ‘Extraordinary Year’ into our five-year strategic plan to allow us to be agile, respond quickly to an ever changing environment and help us devise new ways of working.

We are looking for trustees who are able to think strategically, can critically evaluate complex issues, and have the ability to consider all the details. We hope that our new trustees will have a positive impact on the effectiveness of the board.

The board will oversee and lead our executive and staff team to deliver activities and services that fit with and inspire our members.

Thank you,

Adnan Hussain
Guild President

About Liverpool Guild

We are a registered charity. We’re also a company limited by guarantee, which is governed by a Board of Trustees who hold the ultimate responsibility for everything we do.

We’re a democratically led organisation for over 22,000 student members. Our staff team work together to carry out our mission, vision and values.

Our Mission is to:

  • Fight for the things that matter
  • Make sure the Guild stays at the heart of campus
  • Develop students
  • Support students

Our Vision is:

To improve, develop and enrich the lives of all students – from application to graduation.

Our Values are to be:

Fun and friendly. We’re exciting, nurturing, and love what we do.

Ambitious. Good is just not good enough – our student members deserve the best.

Innovative. We’re proactive and inspire change. We do everything with passion and principle.

Representative and involving. We provide the chance to create history and shape the world around us. Every interaction with us turns students into ambassadors for the Guild.

Professional and responsible. We’re inspiring, human, respectful, informative and inclusive. Everything we provide is the high quality our members deserve.

Sustainable. We’ve been here for over 100 years. We’ll be here for hundreds more by being ethically, environmentally and financially sustainable.

Charitable purposes

We make sure that we:

  1. Provide opportunities for students to express opinions – and actively represent, support and advise them;
  2. Are a recognised and representative channel of communication between students and the University of Liverpool, and other external bodies;
  3. Promote the interests and welfare of students at the University of Liverpool;
  4. Facilitate social, cultural, sports and recreational activities, provide forums for discussions and debate to further the personal development of students, and also provide them with services and support.
  5. Work with other Students’ Unions and affiliated bodies.

Representation

Every year, students are given the chance to vote for, and stand to be one of, the four Student Officers who run our organisation. The four who are elected are paid a salary and work full-time at with us for one year. Their post involves representing students and making day–to-day decisions on behalf of the organisation. The Student Officers make up one-third of the Board of Trustees, which is chaired by the President.

Change It

Students can use our Change It section to submit ideas for changes they’d like to see which would improve their university experience. Straightforward ideas can often be dealt with immediately, however more complex ideas will be sent for discussion at Guild Summit and/or a Preferendum for consideration by all students.

Funding

We receive most of our funding from the University of Liverpool. We get this each year in the form of a block grant. We also raise funds through trading (bars, the shop and Starbucks) and a small amount from donations and other grants. As a charity, we do not generate profits to pay to shareholders – every penny that is made is reinvested back into the organisation. Our audited accounts are published annually and presented to students at our Annual Members Meeting.

Policies

We’re run in accordance with a number of policies. These have been proposed by Student Officers or students themselves, and have ultimately been approved by our Board of Trustees.

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    Candidates are invited to arrange an informal conversation with our advising consultant, Bill Yuksel, at Peridot Partners here: https://calendly.com/byuksel/

    To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential criteria in the person specification with an explanation why the role is of interest and relevant to you.

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    Diversity

    Liverpool Guild of Students is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    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 can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.

    Timetable

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th January 2021
    Shortlisting: Friday 22nd January 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 1st February 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and Liverpool Guild 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.

    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.

    We treat all job applicants equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We do this by ensuring that we operate an open and fair recruitment process, and making decisions using selection criteria which do not discriminate. We will take every possible step to ensure that employees and volunteers are treated fairly, with the aim of creating a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that is free of discrimination and promotes dignity, equality and diversity.

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