Do you like to be at the centre of things and know about everything that’s going on?
If so, have you considered becoming a trustee or officer of an organisation? We are constantly on the lookout for members who would like to be more involved in running our Society. If you care about our town and want to do more to help make things happen in any of our activity areas, then please consider whether you could serve as a trustee. The trustees meet formally just six times a year and oversee all Society activities, taking collective responsibility for decision-making. If you would like to help steer the Society, or just explore the possibility further then please let us know!
Don’t I need to have experience or particular skills to be a trustee?
Experience is valued, but enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are equally appreciated. It helps if you can use a computer and are confident handling email as we often communicate with one another electronically between meetings. If you’ve never been a trustee before, then you may find that there’s quite a bit to learn when you first start but we can help with your induction and any training that you find you need. You may also be surprised by the breadth of activities which the Society engages in. We are a small charity with no employees so we try to minimise the bureaucracy wherever possible, while adhering to charity commission regulations. If you are actively engaged in a career or looking for work then the experience you gain through being a volunteer trustee is likely to enhance your CV.
What would my role be?
If you are already involved in any of the activities of the Society, then you may already have an idea of a particular role you would like to fulfil, but don’t be deterred if you haven’t as there are many more general opportunities and supporting roles open to all trustees. The three specific officer roles (Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary) are normally filled each year at the Society’s Annual General Meeting. But all other roles are discussed and determined by the trustees themselves and it is up to individuals to decide what they can take on. There are currently six trustees (in addition to the officers) but the constitution allows a higher number and trustees can be appointed midyear so there is no reason to wait if you are interested.
I’m interested – so what do I do now?
To let us know of your interest, drop us a note, using the Contact Us section of this website or if you prefer speak to one of the current trustees at one of our events or email on firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please copy and paste the address into your email program as this avoids spam).
How could I become an Officer in 2018?
All trustees including the officers formally stand down each year at the AGM and must be nominated and elected/appointed to their roles. In 2018, at our AGM in June, both our Chairman and Secretary will have reached the normal maximum tenure (five years) permitted in their respective offices by the terms of our constitution. So to help us with our forward planning, now would also be a particularly good time to tell us if you would be interested in standing for election to fulfil either of these roles. Of course, you can also decide nearer the time. All members of the Society (including representatives of group members) receive invitations to our AGM with details of how to nominate officers and other trustees.