Being A Trustee
A few days ago I decided to write a regular monthly piece on mental health in racing and Cyber Security. Before I do that though, I though I would give you all a bit of background on why I became a trustee.
In motorsport we are blessed with a massive number of volunteers. Without them the sport we know and love would cease to exist. I also volunteer, but not within motorsport.
I proud to be a trustee of The Dove Service, a small Stoke-on-Trent based mental health charity with the biggest heart ever. The Dove Service enables people who are experiencing bereavement, life changing illness or significant loss, to receive the highest quality of care and support to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
I originally became a trustee because I thought it would be a good idea to develop me as a person. I wasn’t sure how long I would last but, well, I am still there and not going anywhere anytime soon. Honestly I think it is one of the best decisions I made.
What does it take to be a Trustee?
To be a good trustee, I think it takes three things.
1. A small amount of spare time.
It is only a handful of hours a month. Sometimes it is only a couple of ours every couple of months. Attending board meetings is massively important because you need to get to know the other trustees and while reading a board report on your email is valuable, nothing is better than talking it all through.
2. Experience in your field of knowledge
You need to bring something to the charity. For me it is simple practical IT and Cyber Security knowledge. But it could be HR, marketing, finance, sales, distribution, logistics, business management, development etc. Every board needs something and more often than not that something is you and your experience.
3. Common business sense.
You really need a business head on, because although a charity is a charity, the world has changed. Charities can no longer rely on government grants, lottery grants and donations. Bringing your knowledge and common sense can help guide a charity into areas they didn’t realise existed, or can help them spot something obvious to you but previously overlooked.
Think you could be a good trustee? Give it a go! Live in Staffordshire? Get in touch with The Dove Service and see about become a trustee.