Why be a Trustee?
It used to look good on the CV but those days are long gone. There is a responsibility to being a Trustee, an obligation to be involved, make decisions and act as a custodian of the charity while you are in place.
So why would you want to be a Trustee? Everyone has their own reason, but some include an inner desire to help a charity that is close to their heart that they want to help deliver its objectives, or wanting to give back something to society through the support of a local charity. It is also an opportunity to help develop your own skills.
I was recently asked by a member about finding opportunities to develop their own knowledge and I suggested that she consider being a Trustee of a small local charity. It would give her good insight into how a charity operates from the coal face and a more in depth feel and knowledge of the charity sector. This in turn will help her Independent Examination work.
I have been very fortunate to have been a Trustee for a few charities. There have been challenges but my own skills have grown. I have also been part of some incredible projects.
In 2017 I became a trustee of ACIE, I felt I had skills that I could use to help the Association move forward and increase the quality and hence opportunities for our members. I am still on that journey working with my fellow Trustees.
In accordance with our regulations the majority of the board should be full members , hence we would particularly welcome applications from this group as well as affiliate members
If you are interested in standing and working alongside a diverse and enthusiastic group of people but would like to discuss further please contact me. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Your association needs your support.