Last Updated on 28 October 2020
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Our trustees are our unsung heroes, who give their time for free to make sure our organisation is financially safe, well run and legal, whilst also helping us create an exciting and inspirational strategy for the future.
What is a trustee?
Suffolk Family Carer’s trustees make sure we always put family carers at the heart of everything we do and ensure Suffolk Family Carers has a clear strategy with its goals being inline with our vision. The day-to-day running of the organisation is delegated to staff, led by our CEO Kirsten but our trustees play a ‘critical friend’ , giving support to ensure we deliver the best services we can.
Our trustees are the ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure all decisions put the needs of carers first. They safeguard our assets – both physical (.e.g. property) and intangible (e.g. reputation), making sure these are used well and that the charity is run sustainably.
Why become a Suffolk Family Carers trustee?
Being a trustee can be very rewarding.
The Suffolk Family Carers trustees come from a range of backgrounds and experience, but with one thing in common – they are dedicated to supporting our organisation. That interest and dedication to family carers may stem from having been a family carer themselves, they know exactly how hard it can be to manage as a family carer. Other trustees have a particular skill – such as accountancy or human resource management – and are motivated by giving back to their communities through sharing their expertise to a cause that they feel committed to.
As a trustee you have the chance to support and shape the work and strategic direction of our organisation, and you can make a significant difference to a cause that matters to you. It is also a great way to get involved in a community or find out more about the not-for-profit sector.
Becoming a trustee offers the opportunity for professional development. It can help you gain experience of strategy and leadership, and boost your CV. It gives you experience of being a non-executive director, helping set our strategic vision, influencing and negotiation, and managing risk.
If you already have experience in these areas it can be stimulating to use it in a different and potentially challenging context. As a trustee, you are part of a team and have the opportunity to apply your unique skills and experience while learning from others. Working closely with a passionate team of people who have different perspectives is often one of the most enjoyable aspects of the role.
Trustees often say that being a board member has been one the richest sources of learning in their professional lives.
How much time does being a trustee take?
Our trustee board meet 4 – 6 times a year, with additional sub-committees focusing on particular areas (e.g. finance, HR, audit).
- How many trustee meetings are there each year?
- How long are the meetings, where and at what time of day?
- Are trustees expected to serve on committees?
- What opportunities are there to spend time with the organisation observing its work, both when joining and on an ongoing basis?
- What contact is there in between trustee meetings and how does this usually take place?
- Are there any one-off events or annual occasions that trustees are expected, or will have the opportunity, to attend?
- What induction and training will the organisation provide, and how much time will that take?
Register your interest in becoming a Suffolk Family Carers trustee
We are always on the lookout for people to join our trustee board, especially if they can bring a wider understanding about family carers and the diversity of Suffolk. We always encourage family carers or ex-family carers to consider joining us in this role. We are extremely interested in people who have insights into our different Suffolk communities – our rural communities, coastal communities, minority ethnic communities and work communities to name but a few.
If you would like to know more about becoming a trustee at Suffolk Family Carers please complete the form below. One of our team will be in touch. There is no obligation, just an opportunity to have a more detailed discussion