Brookes Union EDI Trustee

  • Job Reference: 00000558-1
  • Date Posted: 8 May 2024
  • Employer: Oxford Brookes Students' Union
  • Website:
  • Location: Oxford
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Not remunerated but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed
  • Sector: HR, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership
  • Job Type: Trustee
  • Duration: 3-6 years

Job Description

We are seeking a new trustee to join a friendly and enthusiastic board. As a students’ union we exist to make the lives of our 16,000 students’ better whilst at University. We have a broad and diverse membership of students spread across Oxfordshire and internationally making this an exciting challenge.

We are a registered, incorporated charitable company with an annual income of around £1.5m. The majority of our funding comes from an unrestricted grant from our parent institution, Oxford Brookes University. Being a membership organisation means that we are governed by our members, who determine our policy and lead the organisation. Every student who enrols at Oxford Brookes University is automatically a member of the union, meaning that our membership is both diverse, and constantly changing.

Like any charity, the key to our success is strong governance. What makes students’ unions unique is that we actively centre the lived-experience of our members at all levels of the organisation including the Trustee Board. Our Trustee Board is constituted of both students and external trustees, and four of the student trustees are elected annually by the membership to lead the organisation as employees. Brookes Union also has a small staff team of around 18 members of staff, who work to facilitate the officers in achieving their goals and supporting students through community building and representation activity.

Our Board usually meets in person quarterly (3-5pm on a Thursday, in Oxford) with online sub-committee meetings at different intervals. We also love it when trustees get more involved in the organisation - attending our awards ceremonies or just getting stuck in.

Being a member of a trustee board can be a hugely rewarding opportunity, and we are looking for people who are passionate about developing and supporting young people. Like other volunteer roles, you will get out of this experience what you put in, so we welcome applications from people who are able to give us their time and in return we offer:

  • Broadening your understanding of organisational management including risk, finances, strategy, HR
  • Building your professional and personal network
  • Supporting a high-impact organisation which develops the lives of young people - our young trustees are inspiring and unlike any you will meet elsewhere.
  • Access to specialist training and development

We understand that people join Boards for all sorts of reasons and we are more than happy to support you on your journey, and make sure that we work together to get the most out of your time with us.

More information can be found in our Trustee mini-site.

About You

Following a skills audit we are looking for a trustee with a strong background in equality, diversity and inclusion. Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do - both with our employees and with our members.

Our People & Culture plan is underpinned by a Positive Psychology approach - we strive to be a positive work environment; we are a high-performing, inclusive organisation, delivering impactful results for our members.

We’ve done loads of excellent work on building a positive work environment and our next step is to master inclusion through equitable practice. The perfect candidate will have experience of strategic EDI change.

The Board membership changes every year as our elected student members are replaced, so we are looking for trustees who anticipate being able to remain actively engaged with the Board throughout the entirety of the advertised term. Our student trustees tend to have little to no previous experience at Board level, so we are looking for trustees who are able to coach and mentor these Board members whilst also discharging their own duties. Some experience of being a trustee is preferred.

However, we’re also very happy to hear from anyone who is interested in joining our Board - your motivation for joining and passion for leading with impact is equally as important as your skills and experience.

Trustee roles are unremunerated, though we can pay reasonable expenses as well as provide an induction and training programme. We are dedicated to ensuring that our Board meetings are inclusive and would be very happy to discuss any accessibility arrangements that would better suit the right candidate.

You can view the candidate pack here.

If you would like to speak to the CEO or an existing trustee please contact Emilie Tapping on

Closing date: 23 May 2024

Apply here.