Why would I want to become a trustee?

Being a trustee should be rewarding and enjoyable for you. It is a great way to be involved in a cause which matters to you. Our trustees come from a variety of backgrounds and being a trustee can help you meet new people, change your community for the better, learn new skills or use your existing skills in a new and refreshing context.

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You may wish to get involved because you have experience of caring , working with Carers or are passionate about supporting Carers. You may want to build your CV, have experience of strategy and management or find out more about the not-for-profit sector before making a career change.

Being a trustee can introduce you to new experiences and new groups of people. It can present you with new challenges, constructive and exciting ones as well as some more difficult things to overcome. You are part of a team as a trustee and will have the opportunity to share your unique skills and experience while learning from others too.

At its heart, being a trustee puts you at the centre of the action for our organisation. The more effective our board of trustees, the greater difference you and our organisation will make.

Most people over 18 years of age can become trustees. Those who have already been disqualified as company directors and those who have been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty or deception cannot usually become trustees.
Trustees should have different skills, backgrounds and experience that together give a rounded board. Some individual trustees will have specific professional or business skills. Others will bring ‘soft’ skills such as facilitating, team work, problem solving, or even building the social side of being on a board. Different experiences and perspectives are important and a board that also reflects the people and communities they serve will help improve effectiveness.

So an effective board will need a range of skills, attributes and personal experience to enable it to work towards the aims and objectives of the voluntary organisation. The skills, diversity and experience a Board needs will come from a wide range of perspectives including business skills, service user experience, social or family experience, general interests or commitment to the goals of the organisation.

  • Trustee meetings are held bi-monthly at our offices in Deal and usually last 2hrs. Meetings are usually held in the evenings.
  • There are opportunities to work on sub-committees in addition to the regular bi-monthly meetings.
  • Throughout the year there are events such as a Carers’ Forum and AGM that require attendance from Trustees.
Being a trustee and director of a company limited by guarantee carries legal responsibilities which should be understood before taking up a position with us. It is worth taking some time to understand these duties. We would be more than happy to discuss these in detail with you.

Trustees are not expected to be experts in every area, even with the collective skills and experience of the board overall. They are expected to use reasonable care in their role as trustees applying their skills and experience and involving professionals where needed.

We are both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, meaning that our trustees are also called directors. This protects our trustees / directors from personal liability for any company debt. Sometimes funding bodies, such as local authorities, insist on an organisation being registered as a company limited by guarantee. This limits our director’s liability to £10. Our directors will only incur any personal liability beyond £10 for any company debt if they have been guilty of some wrongdoing, such as wrongful or fraudulent trading.