Trustees are the backbone of every charity, and are always at the forefront of the governance and strategic direction that the charity takes.
We are very fortunate to have such a supportive, united and passionate board of Trustees at the RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk Branch, who work closely with myself and the operations team to ensure that our charitable objectives are delivered, helping improve the lives of animals and their owners.
As the CEO of a growing charity, I am very lucky to work so closely with a professional Board of Trustees who bring a broad set of skills to their Trustee roles. I value their support and guidance immensely, and through our cohesive working practices, I am confident that the Branch will continue to flourish and provide outstanding animal welfare in the years to come.
For me being a Trustee is about learning from peers who are passionate and enthusiastic about our cause. I am fortunate to work with fabulous colleagues, both Trustees and staff, who are prepared to stand up and put forward their ideas about how we can make a difference. It’s so refreshing to debate these and not be hamstrung by doing more of the same but more effectively. It’s that desire to strive to be out of the ordinary that gives me a buzz. We do have plenty of governance to consider as Trustees, but where we shine is looking at how we can move the Branch to better things. A good Board of Trustees does need a mix of skills and professionals, although some of our best ideas come from those who aren’t formally trained. Having a mix of Trustees is so important. Enthusiasm for the cause and being prepared to communicate your ideas are attributes that I value from others. No potential Trustee should feel they don’t have the skills, training & support can be provided. Passion can’t.