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We are looking for two Trustees with experience in either developing people and HR strategies or strategic finance to join RUSU's board. This is a fantastic opportunity to help a charity with huge potential continue their pursuit of excellence.

  • Location: Reading
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

2x Trustees (People or Finance)
Circa 12 days a year

We exist to improve student life at the University of Reading

We are a students’ union with a strong history that is proud to represent the students of the University of Reading and work tirelessly to further their interests. We have an excellent partnership with the University by working together to improve student the experience.

As a £5m+ multi-purpose charity, this can see us campaigning and influencing on behalf of our members, through to delivering a range of services to empower students including our advice centre, societies and sports clubs. We also operate a comprehensive commercial portfolio, including a nursery, several bars, Reading’s largest nightclub, a café and multiple tenanted retail units.

RUSU is at a critical point in our history, operating in an increasingly challenging education sector with ever-changing student needs, and global pandemic to navigate. We have a new Board of Trustees, newly elected student officers, a new Chief Executive, and about to start building a new strategy to set our direction for the future. We are currently going through a board-level governance review to ensure we have the right structures and processes in place for a modern charity of our size. We have already established new board committees, including a dedicated People & Culture Committee and a revised Finance & Risk Committee. The goal of which will be to build an even more values-led approach to leading people, and to enhance our financial sustainability.

As Trustees, you will benefit from a charity that is operating well in a strong financial position, with talented staff and passionate elected officers fostering an excellent relationship with our university partner.

Who we're looking for

We are now looking to build on this foundation by recruiting two Trustees with experience in developing people strategies and HR or strategic finance. Our People (HR) focused Trustee will Chair our new People & Culture Committee, and our Finance Trustee will Chair our revised Finance & Risk Committee. We are open-minded about your background and experience but do expect you are operating at a strategic level.

RUSU is an inclusive organisation that is proud of its diverse workforce, that proudly includes a number of women in leadership positions, disabled and LGBT+ staff. Currently, we do not have as strong a representation of BAME people within the organisation and would encourage any BAME candidates that match our person specification to apply. We are committed to removing barriers within our workplace and will be open to considering requests for flexibility or alternative working arrangements.

This is a fantastic opportunity to help a charity with huge potential to continue their pursuit of excellence.

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact our consultants:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 7th September 2020

Please note that current University of Reading students are not eligible to apply for this role. You also don’t need to have studied at Reading to apply either, we welcome applications from a range of backgrounds.

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in joining the board of Reading University Students’ Union. We’re a £5.5 million charity with 70 dedicated members of staff and a team of elected student officers delivering support and services to continually enhance students lives at the University of Reading.

Now is an exciting time to join us as we embark on a new era for the charity. We have a new Board of Trustees, newly elected student officers, a new Chief Executive, and starting to build a new strategy to set our direction for the future while navigating the ongoing pandemic.

A focus for the board has been how we enhance our governance to reflect the size of the organisation; these two external trustee roles play a crucial part in doing this to provide strategic input at the highest level of the organisation. Each role will chair a new or revised board committee, with ownership to shape a critical focus on the strategy and performance of the organisation.

As external trustees, you will also support other members of the board including our elected full-time officers who serve a year in office representing students in addition to their trustee role and our student trustees who are actively studying at the university.

We have included our current board structure, last annual accounts and most recent impact report to give you a sense of our strong footing but we now look forward to shaping the course for a student-led charity in the increasingly challenging higher education sector. Above all, we hope you share out passion for improving students lives and empowering their voice.

We appreciate your consideration in this role and look forward to hearing from you. If you would like any further information, please get in touch.

Rachel Osborne
Chair & President

Jack Maddock
Deputy Chair & External Trustee – Governance

About Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU)

RUSU is an independent, student-led charity that supports and represents over 19,000 students at the University of Reading. From providing advice on finance and housing to running the biggest club nights in the city and everything in between, our purpose is to improve student life at Reading.

Students elect five Full-Time Officers in February each year to represent them and lead RUSU for the following academic year. The Full-Time Officers work with a network of over 500 reps to ensure students are at the heart of decision making at RUSU.

What we do

RUSU works closely with the University of Reading on issues affecting students and campaigns for the change our members want to see.

RUSU administrates over 150 student sport clubs and societies, and facilitates 1,200 students participating in voluntary activities. RUSU has three different types of student media – Spark newspaper, Junction11 radio and the Campus News Show.

RUSU provides work opportunities for student staff and permanent staff who work within our eight retail outlets, 2,600 capacity nightclub, café, bars and unlicensed social space.

RUSU’s 94 capacity nursery provides catered childcare for student parents and university staff in a purpose-built, eco-friendly premise located behind the Carrington Building.

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Please download the Role Description and Person Specification for Trustee – People or Trustee – Finance 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:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 | 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 “Reading University Students’ Union – Trustee” into the subject field.

We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

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 7th September 2020
Shortlisting: TBC
Interviews: TBC

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Reading University 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.

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.

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