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Non-Executive Director

Unremunerated / Voluntary
Fixed Term
Closing date:
31st August 2018
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The Post:

Portsmouth Students’ Union Trading Company Ltd is the social enterprise business arm for the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union. The business exists to maximise sustainable profit that benefits the Students’ Union in delivering its charitable objects.

We’ve recently formalised our trading strategy to lead us in transforming our income generation activity through to 2025 and as a result restructured our Board of Directors. We have an exciting opportunity to join a growing and sustainable organisation as our first independent non-executive director to support the business in its ambitions plans.

The Directors are ultimately responsible, individually and collectively, for all activity of the trading company. The Board of Directors is responsible for defining the vision and strategy of the organisation as informed by the business performance and market influences, and for ensuring the delivery of the sustainable performance of the company as set out in the governing documents. The Directors ensure robust risk and financial oversight, strategy development and monitor its supporting delivery plans.

The Person:

The right candidate will have a solid business or social enterprise background and thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment. The candidate will command confidence, have sound judgment, an enthusiasm for supporting and guiding an excellent student organisation, strong communication and leadership skills and embody the charities values - Pioneering, Inclusive and Enriching.

We are particularly interested to hear from applicants with backgrounds in finance, commercial business development and social enterprise, and from BAME and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our organisation. This role acts as an independent Director and does not sit as part of the charitable board.

Board of Directors meetings sit 4-5 times per year and in addition we ask our Directors to share their expertise through development workshops and organisational interaction as required. The roles are voluntary and whilst we welcome all applicants, the requirement for regular meeting attendance may suit people within easy travel time to Portsmouth.

The Organisation:

Portsmouth Students’ Union Trading Company (PSUT) is the legal corporate trading name of the social enterprise subsidiary of a group of businesses which, to the end consumer, appear to trade as separate specialist businesses in the fields of retail, events and corporate partnerships. The company shares resources with the charity and is based in the centre of Portsmouth. PSUT donates around £130,000 of operating profits annually to the charity and our ambition is to at least double this by 2025.

How to Apply:

Application is via a comprehensive CV plus a supporting statement (of no more than two sides of A4) detailing why you are applying for the position and how you meet the requirements of the person specification.

Candidates are also required to read and sign the Trustee Declaration and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, which will be separated from applications prior to short-listing

Completed applications must be received by midday on the 31st August 2018. Applications can be sent by email to or by post:

University of Portsmouth Students’ Union, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, P01 2EF

Further information

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Violet Karapaseva, Chair of the Board of Directors, by email or call 023 9284 3627 or. Tom Worman, Managing Director of PSUT, by email or call 023 9284 3417.

How to apply

Completed application forms should be emailed before the closing date to:

Please quote the job title or reference number in the subject.

Please note
  • Due to the high number of applicants, if you have not heard from UPSU by the interview date you should assume you have been unsuccessful in your application
  • Applications must be received before the stated closing time/date
  • Applications may also be submitted by post, addressed to:
  • Job Applications, University of Portsmouth Students' Union, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth PO1 2EF