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Board Chair

Board Chair

Queen Mary, University of London Students' Union Services Ltd

Chair our Board, direct our future, and help us to build back different!

What would I possibly have to offer to a Students' Union, you may ask? What even is a Students' Union and why do they need a Board Chair (or even a Board)?

Queen Mary Students' Union represents the interests of over 28,000 students at Queen Mary University of London, largely based across sites at Mile End, Whitechapel, and Barbican. Many of our students come from our local community, 75% are BAME, and many are the first in their families to go to university.

Queen Mary is recognised as the top Russell Group and third best university in the country for social mobility, providing life changing chances and opportunities for people from all walks of life to contribute to society. The Students' Union plays a key role in this work, by providing social, cultural, recreational, and sporting opportunities for our students. We help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in life after university.

Queen Mary Students' Union Services Ltd (QMSUSL) is the Union's wholly owned trading company, through which we provide a range of commercial services for our members, the profits from which are returned to the Union to help fund our work. QMSUSL has its own Board of Directors who oversee our commercial activities.

But QMSUSL does much more than simply provide bars, cafes, shops and venues. The Company has an important social purpose aspect to its business model. It runs the University's sports and recreation centre, which is also open to the local community and is the delivery vehicle for the Club Sport teams representing the University, the Get Active programme, social leagues, Community Foundation volunteering program, Social Cohesion programme, and the Talented Athlete programme. QMSUSL also provides, or facilitates, a wide range of activities and events designed to promote inclusion and wellbeing. QMSUSL employs a large number of student staff, all of whom receive full training and gain valuable employability skills by working with us, from baristas to gym instructors, all employed on the London Living Wage and supported by a full-time staff team.

Like most organisations in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector, QMSUSL has faced significant challenges due to Coronavirus, but we have learned a lot of lessons along the way. Our customers' needs and expectations are different, our operating environment is different, the financial climate is different, our challenges and opportunities are different, and we need to be different too. Our students are more than ever concerned about environmental impact and sustainability, ethical procurement, and social justice, So, we are now looking at how we can do things differently as we build back for the future.

As our current Board Chair come to the end of their term of office, we are looking for new Chair for our Board. We will provide full training and support on the role and responsibilities of a Board Chair and the work of a Students' Union. As our Chair, you will contribute the benefit of your experience, enthusiasm, and a willingness to both challenge and support us in our work.

Whether you have never considered being a Board Chair before, or whether you have already served in this role, we would like to hear from you, *particularly if you have business development experience, experience in online/digital sales development, and/or experience in the retail, hospitality or leisure and would like to use it to help us to build back different!

*NB these are not essential - we will consider all applications based upon what you can bring to the role

Key information for applicants:

  1. Role Description and Person Specification

The role of Chair of the Board of QMSU Services Ltd is that of a Non-Executive Director. Although apparently different to that of a Trustee, the role is also voluntary and, as will be seen from the 'About Queen Mary Students' Union Services Ltd' section of this pack, is intrinsic to enabling Queen Mary Students' Union to deliver its charitable purposes. QMSU Services Ltd is both a key income generator for the Union, and a delivery vehicle for many of its social purpose activities.

  1. About Queen Mary Students' Union Services Ltd (QMSUSL)

This section explains the role of QMSUSL and how it interfaces with Queen Mary Students' Union.

Recruitment Timetable

Applications Open: w/c 10 May 2022

Applications Close: 3 June 2022

Shortlisting: w/c 6 June 2022

Notification of candidates for interview: by 10 June 2022

Interviews: Friday 24 June 2022

Appointments and induction: Before 6 July 2022 Board Meeting

Further Information

Further information on the Students' Union and its work can be found on our website at: .

You can also contact the Students' Union's Secretary, Brad Coales, at: or our Chief Executive and Managing Director, Mike Wojcik, at: .

How to apply

To apply to join us as Chair of the Board, please send your CV, together with a covering letter explaining why you are interested and what you would bring to the role, to the Company Secretary, Brad Coales at: b.coales@qmul,ac,uk by 3 June 2022.