trustee roles

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Our trustee board is made up of both elected students and knowledgeable professionals, all of whom come together to oversee the union legally and democratically.

While these positions are voluntary and unpaid, you could have the chance to help steer the direction of one of the most varied, thriving organisations in the region.

the trustee board


The Board meets quarterly in September, December, March, and June – if you're away from campus you can also Skype into meetings, so you don't always have to be here to take part. Trustees also have the opportunity to join one of the Board’s specialised sub-committees, which focus on finance and human relations.

As a trustee you will play a key role in:

  • Setting our future strategy

  • Holding management to account

  • Scrutinising the effectiveness of the uea(su)’s operations

  • Reviewing uea(su) policy

In return for the work and commitment that you will bring to your role, you will gain invaluable hands-on experience at the top level of decision making of an organisation with an annual turnover of £8.5 million, as well as investing in you by providing the training you might need for the role.


available roles 


external trustee

We’re looking for someone to join our team of six external trustees; our external trustees work directly with our student officers and other student leaders as well as senior management of the SU to help shape how the we manage ourselves in a legal, business sense. While it would be great to hear from people with this experience in the education sector, this absolutely isn’t necessary and we’d like to hear from people who have a specific passion, knowledge or interest to bring to the board.

This role would ideally suit a non-student - a member of the public with experience and knowledge in the area.

If you'd like to have an informal chat about the role or have any questions, please get in touch with Jenna, our Undergraduate Education Officer, by emailing her at


We're looking to accept applications for the role until Monday 18th March at 23:59. You can apply below through our online system. Please note, we'll only need a few basic details from you and then your CV - there's no need to write a covering letter for this position. We'll be looking to speak to candidates throughout the morning of Tuesday 26th March.

The successful candidate, if approved by the Board of Trustees, will be offered a two-year term.



student trustee

Student Trustees play a key part in: setting the SU’s future strategy, holding management to account, scrutinising the effectiveness of the SU’s operations and reviewing newly passed SU policy. You will be making decisions at Board level that affect the whole of the Union.

This is a volunteer position but the rewards in terms of experience and training are fantastic. Not only will you help shape the direction of your SU but the range of skills you will gain will be transferrable to your future career in almost any field you may choose.

Full and free training is provided. Further, free professional development opportunities are available throughout the year. Travel and accommodation expenses are paid by the Union.

Please note, as the position is one of an independent scrutineer of the SU, a student trustee represents the entire membership of the SU and, therefore, this position is not open to anyone holding elected office (e.g. Union Councillors) or to SU student staff.


If you’d like to have a chat about the role, get in touch with Tony Moore, our Governance Coordinator.

Once you’re ready to take the next step and apply for the role, you’ll need to download the form below, complete it, and return it to Tony at his email address.

The deadline for applications is noon, Wednesday, 1 May 2019. We place the applications before SU Councillors who then elect the Student Trustees in an online vote and at the last meeting of SU Council on Thursday, 9 May 2019. When filling in your application, please note it will go to Union Councillors as part of the agenda papers; so gauge your pitch to your fellow students and what you can achieve on their behalf.