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External Trustee

We are looking for four external trustees for the brand new, single Students’ Union for Cambridge University: Cambridge SU.

Cambridge SU is a newly formed union following the merger of CUSU and the GU. As such this is an opportunity for the Board of Trustees to collectively shape the strategy and governance of the union in its first year. In the first year the board will predominantly;
  • Hold staff accountable through the CEO, and being ultimately accountable for the charitable activities of the Union
  • Providing leadership to all in the union
  • Develop new operational and HR policy for the new union alongside the CEO
  • Work with the CEO to develop a new vision, mission, values and strategic plan for the new union particularly focussing on improving the representation of postgraduate students
We are particularly looking for those with skills and experience in one of more of the following areas:
  • Financial Management
  • HR & Employment Law
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Students’ Union & Charity Governance
You will be expected to travel to meetings in Cambridge 6-8 times per year, and to contribute remotely from time to time. Membership of committees of the Board may involve additional meetings.
Key Responsibilities

The Cambridge SU Trustee Board’s powers are strictly limited to what is outlined in Cambridge SU’s governing documents, and also those responsibilities the Board must exercise in law. This means, generally: 

  • Assessing and managing the legal and financial risks to the charity 
  • Ensuring that Cambridge SU operates inside the law 
  • Identifying new legal and strategic challenges for the union 
  • Ultimate responsibility for the employment of those employed by Cambridge SU, which includes the performance of staff, but not of sabbatical officers, except where legally required under employment law

If you are interested in joining a driven, change-making, student-led organisation, then we would love to hear from you.

Please see the information pack and submit the following by no later than 5pm Sunday 10th May.

  1. CV
  2. Supporting statement outlining why you're interested in this vacancy, what you'll bring to the role & outlining relevant experience (maximum two sides A4).
  3. Equalities Monitoring Form

Submit your application to vacancies[at]

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from those from Black, Asian and an ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within Cambridge University Students’ Union in some areas. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments individuals may require in the recruitment process, on commencement, or once in post.