King’s College London Students’ Union seeks Lay Trustee with legal expertise
KCLSU is the oldest Students’ Union in the UK. At 147 years old we are as ambitious as ever. With our Strategy 2025 we ensure that we are constantly evolving to provide the support our students need to thrive. King’s College London has one of the most diverse student bodies in the Russell Group and KCLSU is committed to using this position to challenge discrimination, resist structural oppression, and work against institutional racism.
As a £9m turnover charity that supports, empowers and represents 34,000 students, we have significant resources, but we cannot do this alone.
We are looking for a Lay Trustee with the drive and knowledge to ensure that we remain ambitious whilst also utilising our resources effectively. As well as sitting on our Trustee Board, our new Lay Trustee will also Chair our Governance & Policy Sub-committee. This committee provides essential oversight of our Union’s democratic and election processes, as well as overseeing our governance processes, and policies and procedures that apply to our members (students of King’s College London).
We are looking for a Trustee with a legal and/or governance background who can bring critical thinking to the Board. Our ideal candidate will be able to provide us with the legal and governance expertise perhaps from legal practice, or from experience in guiding organisations through complex governance and legal challenges.
KCLSU is able to seek specific legal opinion where needed but would value the critical thinking and robust challenge that people with legal expertise provide. This will be especially valuable as we navigate the changes caused by Covid-19 as well as new legal requirements such as the Government’s Higher education: free speech and academic freedom’ policy paper.
Someone who is keen to cut red tape and eliminate bureaucracy where they see it, and provide appropriate challenge and support to help us evolve successfully in a post-Covid-19 world, would be perfect.
We are proud to have a diverse and inclusive student body, staff team and board of Trustees. We encourage applications from people from all walks of life, whether you identify as a person from an ethnic minority community, come from a working class background or have overcome systemic challenges. We recognise that Board diversity is key to effective decision making, as well as ensuring that KCLSU Trustees have the trust and confidence of our diverse student body.
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