External Trustee Vacancy

We are looking for an individual to join our Board who has a background in marketing and communications or Students’ Unions.


About the organisation


Leeds Trinity Students’ Union is a campaigning and membership charity in Horsforth. We exist to support students to reach their potential. We are looking for one individual to join the Trustee Board.

The organisation has been through a period of exciting change and transformation. We are two-thirds of the way through the lifespan of our ‘Big Plan’ for the organisation which sets out key priorities for the Union until 2020. All Trustees will play a vital role in ensuring its success and input into our next strategic plan.

There have been a number of highlights for the organisation including winning two national awards for ‘Students’ Union of the Year,’ significant increase in our engagement and participation levels and achieving one of the highest election turnouts in the country in our recent elections. We are currently ranked 17th in the country in the most recent National Student Survey.

We run a number of services for students including supporting over a hundred Course Reps to independent support in our advice service through support from academic to mental health. We also run a number of campaign change initiatives, a diverse range of events and student sport clubs and societies and commercially run a successful shop.

Whilst the organisation is a small sized charity it prides itself on being exceptional in everything that it does.

Role of a Trustee

As a Trustee you are responsible for the overall running of the charity, including setting the budget, strategy and governance of the organisation.


You will be provided with training and support to be effective in the role. You are responsible for fully understanding the Constitution and Bye-laws of the Students’ Union. You will have an awareness of the day to day activities of the organisation and provide sound assistance to the organisation through your role. You’ll make the Board aware of any potential conflicts of interest and prepare for and attend board meetings.


Benefits of being a Trustee

In return you will get to make a difference to over 3000 other students’ lives at Leeds Trinity University ensuring the organization supports students to reach their potential and continues to be high performing.

You will be provided with training on being a trustee, be invited to major student engagement and celebration events across the year and to an annual trustee development session that will focus on developing both the Board and the organisation.

Reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed to attend meetings but we would encourage applicants on this basis to be within a 25 mile radius of the campus.


What we would like from our new Trustee

  • Experience of Marketing and Communications or Students’ Unions
  • A commitment to our values of Personalised, Inclusive, Students First and Exceptional
  • A willingness to develop strong communication skills to constructively challenge and debate whilst adding value and support to the organisation
  • A commitment to attending both Board meetings and support organisation initiatives as well as open to personal development to be effective in the role
  • The ability to work well with others
  • A positive and proactive approach to opportunities to develop the organisation
  • Acting in the best interests of the charity with behaviour underpinned by the Nolan Principles.

We particularly welcome applicants who are from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities or identify as a woman as both these areas are currently underrepresented within our organisation.  

Time Commitment

The Board typically meets 5/6 times a year. This is typically on a Thursday night at 6pm with a development day on a Saturday that encompasses one of our Board meetings. and

We particularly welcome applicants who are from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities or identify as a woman as both these areas are currently underrepresented in our organisation.  


To Apply


Please send a CV to our Chair of the Board of Trustees Charles Isherwood at  LTSUHR@leedstrinity.ac.uk and we will be in touch.



Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Registered Office: Leeds Trinity Students' Union, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HD
Registered Charity Number: 1151574