Durham Students' Union
Contract Type: 
Trustee (unpaid)
Part time
Closing date: 
Friday, 31 May, 2019 - 17:00
County Durham


The Charity Commission website has loads of information about the basics of being a trustee. If you’re new to this sort of thing, then ‘The Essential Trustee’ is a good place to start to find out about your responsibilities.
A students’ union trustee, however, joins a special sort of Board. The majority of our trustees are elected students: five of them are sabbatical Officers, elected to hold full-time roles representing students, campaigning on their manifestos and to further our strategic goals. An excellent lay trustee is someone who recognises that there’s lots of new trustees around the table every year, but takes the time and effort to include them in the governance of Durham SU, respecting everyone as an equal regardless of different experiences. The legitimacy and effectiveness of the Board depends on the confidence of students.


We’ve recently undertaken an analysis of our trustees’ skills, knowledge and experience, and we’d really welcome a conversation with you if you think you have something exciting to offer in one or more of the following:

  •  Communications
  •  Commercial development and customer experience
  •  Legal services and good governance
  •  Small donation fundraising
  •  People and culture, and human resource management



The full Board meets about five times a year. We’d expect a lay trustee to also serve as Chair of a Committee of the Board which each meet about three times a year, but we’d love to talk to you about where you think you can add the most value. You can read the minutes of some of our Board meetings online, to give you some idea. The Committees are currently undergoing some revisions, but are expected to be:

  •  People and Culture
  •  Performance and Delivery
  •  Fundraising


Durham SU provides reasonable expenses to lay trustees, as well as a thorough induction and support programme


To apply for this role please send your CV and covering letter to by 31 May 2019.

Please take the opportunity to get more information from our Chief Executive at