About Us

Chair Of Board of Trustees & External Trustees

Imperial College Union
All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Closing Date: 
Mon, January 04
Interview Date: 
Mon, January 11

The Board of Trustees, the most senior governing body of Imperial College Union is recruiting a Chair Of Trustees and two External Trustees to join our Board of Trustees.


The board provides the strategic direction and vision of the organisation. It ensures that we are working towards Our Strategy 2020-2021, and verifies that our staff and student leaders are conducting their activities safely and legally. It also approves Imperial College Union’s annual budget and examines its financial performance, issuing our annual reports.


The Board of Trustees comprises:

  1. The five Officer Trustees
  2. Two elected Student Trustees
  3. Two appointed Student Trustees
  4. The Union Council Chair
  5. Four External Trustees
  6. One Alumni Trustee

External Trustees are selected from industry and academia for their expertise, external viewpoint and experience.

Officially, there are eight official Board meetings per year, with three to four additional subcommittee meetings per year, averaging out at approximately one meeting per month. The subcommittees are:

  • Appointments & Remuneration
  • Communications
  • Finance & Risk
  • Governance

Key Responsibilities

Trustees are accountable for delivering the responsibilities detailed in the Constitution & Bye-Laws and Board of Trustees Policy. All Trustees have a duty to:

  • Ensure that Imperial College Union acts in accordance with its charitable objects, constitution and other guiding documents and remains true to its Mission, Vision and Values
  • Help Imperial College Union achieve its objectives and improves the lives of its members
  • Ensure that Imperial College Union complies with all relevant legislation and regulations, including relevant Charities Acts and Education Acts, and related regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that Imperial College Union does not undertake activities that put its financial stability, members or reputation at undue risk
  • Work with other Trustees, staff and volunteers in a constructive manner and for the greater good of the Union
  • Participate fully in Board meetings and join one of the Board’s subcommittees
  • Use their personal skills and experience to ensure Imperial College Union is well run and efficient
  • Seek professional external advice where there may be material risk to the Union or where the Trustees may be in breach of their duties, or at any other appropriate moment
  • Add value to the Board and the Union through generating ideas, challenging the status quo, broadening thinking and supporting and promoting innovation and creativity

To find out more about this role, please refer to the JD attched to the advert.


Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining why you think you would be suitable for the role to Victoria Agbontaen - Governance Officer at icu.board@imperial.ac.uk


The deadline for applications is Monday 4 Jan 2021 - 9am