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. This year my tenure comes up for renewal and I hope I am re-elected. Some of my fellow Trustees are not standing for re-election and hence we are looking for some new appointments, particularly from our full members as in accordance with our rules full members must be in the majority. 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.