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ALL BOT2/Legal/1 AfSU Trustee (Board of Trustees)

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BOT2/Legal/1 AfSU Trustee (Board of Trustees)

The Afghan Student Union (AfSU) is a registered charity operating within England and Wales. Our executive board is known as our "Board of Directors", and they are responsible for day-to-day management of the union and operational responsibilities.

The AfSU Board of Trustees is a non-executive trusteeship which looks at advising and holding to account AfSU's Board of Directors. As a Trustee at AfSU, your role will be to ensure AfSU's strategic vision aligns with legal requirements and is being articulated in the necessary manner to external parties/organisations. This includes operational, logistics and financial matters.

The role will require you to attend quarterly meetings with the full Board (4 in a year) to discuss AfSU's quarterly progress, expectations and legal compliance matters should these arise.

Meetings will be held in-person at King's College London on a quarterly basis, these will typically be over the course of 2 hours. The meetings will involve the AfSU Executive Director reporting on AfSU's progress, with the Trustees being given the opportunity to feedback comments.

The full specification of the role is as follows:

  • Advisory: you will be expected to advise the AfSU Board of Directors on matters upon which you hold expert knowledge in.
  • Auxiliary: providing recommendations towards "change to comply", a process by which we translate our operational desires to tangible legal solutions.
  • Approval: you will be responsible, as a Board, for checking over and signing annual accounts which are presented to you by AfSU's Executive Director and explained to you by external auditors/accountants.
  • Accountability: you will need to question, deliberate, and ensure AfSU's executive board is being held accountable for the actions for which they are pursuing. As an independent trustee, you need to ensure you have no conflicts of interest and sign these interests in our declaration of interests register.

To become an AfSU Trustee, you:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a genuine interest in the AfSU's mission and purpose.
  • Should possess relevant skills, knowledge, or experience that align with the AfSU's needs (e.g., finance, legal, marketing, grant-making/affording).
  • Must be able to commit sufficient time and energy to fulfill trustee responsibilities.
  • Should have the ability to work effectively as part of a team and contribute to decision-making processes.
  • Should have good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be trustworthy, ethical, and committed to acting in the best interests of AfSU and our beneficiaries.
  • Should have a willingness to learn and develop as a trustee, including attending relevant training or workshops.
  • Should be prepared to comply with legal and regulatory requirements governing charities and trusteeship (e.g., understanding and fulfilling legal duties, maintaining proper financial records, reporting obligations, etc.).
  • Must be willing to adhere to the charity's governing documents, policies, and procedures.

You also:

  • Must not have any criminal record or history of civil suits being brought against you successfully.
  • Must not be at risk of bankruptcy to comply with legal requirements.
  • Must not have any conflicts of interest that could compromise your ability to make impartial decisions.

Your name will be publicly listed as a charity trustee, AfSU's registered charity number is 1203499. You can find AfSU on the Charities Commission for England and Wales website to find us on the charity register.

Becoming a Trustee is a voluntary, unpaid role, and can be likened to a position as a school governor. You should apply by first registering an account on the AfSU Portal by clicking here, and then returning to this page to submit your application. We look forward to receiving your applications.

Becoming a Trustee has multiple benefits:

  • You will be amongst a community of like-minded people looking at making positive change in the Afghan diaspora at a grassroots level.
  • You will be compensated for travel costs to AfSU events, meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • As a registered charity, AfSU has access to multiple unique discounts around the UK. Costco membership, increased credit ratings, public recognition for the work you do are among some of the benefits included. Access to Microsoft services (including Web/Desktop Office), Google Workspace (with 1 TB storage) and other technology is also available.
  • You will be given the opportunity to help change Afghanistan's future.


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