Posted Sep 27 2022
Event Round-up: Becoming a Trustee

What a way to kick off our 2022-23 season!

Thank you to everyone who joined our Becoming a Trustee event on Wednesday 21 September and contributed to such a lively discussion.

A huge thank you to our wonderful panel, Amy Bullard, Coordinator at Action for Trustee Racial Diversity UK , Mita Desai, CEO of the Young Trustees Movement and Sarah Gee, Chief Executive of Spitalfields Music,  for sharing such valuable insights on how to demystify ‘being a Trustee’, the value of diverse perspectives and why you should feel empowered to join a Board.

If you missed the event, here is some key advice from the discussion:

  • Joining a Board may sounds daunting, but it is an incredible platform for learning and professional development. First of all, understand what a Trustee does and think of the value you can bring.
  • Know your worth: you may not have years of experiences or a black book of high-level donors, but you can bring in a whole set of skills (especially as fundraisers), unique perspectives, lived experience of the charity’s activity, or more. All this is invaluable to inform a charity’s vision and keep an open dialogue in governance – so don’t give into imposter syndrome!
  • Being a Trustee is one of the greatest things you can do for your career, but it does involve time and legal responsibilities – get your employer on board, ask for time off if needed, and make sure you are committed to the role. If you don’t have a lot of time, consider being a shadow trustee or get involved in a trustee training programme.
  • At the same time, establish your boundaries – it is unpaid labour after all! Identify what you’re happy to do, know you have the right to ask and choose what is right for you within that system.
  • Don’t wait to become a Trustee to learn about trusteeship: look at sector news, read available guidance – over 75% of trustee recruitment is done by word of mouth, so if you’re thinking of becoming a Trustee, start asking your network for introductions – you never know what may come of it!
Resources and opportunities

If you want to find out more about becoming a trustee, check out some key resources below

If you’re ready to apply, below are some exciting organisations currently recruiting for Board members and/or Young Trustees:

  • La Folia – music company based in Salisbury, looking for Board members
  • The Watermill Theatre – exciting regional theatre recruiting for Trustees
  • Artichoke – currently looking for Young Trustees aged 18-25
  • Upstart Projects – recruiting Trustees with interest in promoting opportunities for young people
  • Theatre Deli – looking for a Trainee Trustee to join from October 2022
  • Paines Plough – recruiting for Trustees and a Chair

And finally…

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