I have requested an information pack in the view of applying as a trustee of a charity.
My main skills and contribution would be in the use of technology around a ‘charity operations’ context and as the job spec below quotes, it would be an excellent chance to gain new commercial skills and learn about “management” first-hand.
I have to start somewhere and I have been inspired by two people – an ex colleague whom I met few years ago http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millie_Banerjee and my current mentor.
I need to be more “commercial” in my outlook, understanding of governance/strategy in an organisation which would boost my CV, perhaps pave the way for future management studies. Investigating becoming a trustee/governor matches my altrustic side perfectly whilst gaining new skills and contacts.
As a trustee, you will play a central role in the running of a charity. It can be an opportunity to gain or hone skills such as strategic thinking and decision-making, marketing and financial planning. It will be a rewarding and enriching experience that allows you to support a charity you care about with more than money.
Trustees are responsible for leading the strategic direction of a charity – they ensure that funds are spent appropriately and effectively; they promote the charity and its causes; and they work with all the staff and volunteers to meet the needs of older people.
As a trustee, you would need to commit to approximately six Board meetings a year, with potential to become more involved as you grow into the role. You must be over 18.
We would be very interested in hearing from you if you are enthusiastic and have skills in the following areas:
- health or social care
- communication, marketing and PR (including the use of technology)
- commercial or trading activities
- strategic management
- employment law
Trustee positions are unpaid, but all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
A governor role is similar to the role of a trustee except its in the running of a school, provide guidance to the head-teacher and I have been told its a good place to start your first trustee position.