The Reach TrusteeWorks team had an eventful start to the year. We met with governance experts, trustees, aspiring trustees and charity organisations at two interactive and inspiring events, giving us the opportunity to create awareness on trusteeship, and encourage people to get involved at board level.
We started on the 13th January with the Cabinet Office who invited us to be a part of a small market place event to encourage their staff who have a wide array of skills and expertise to become trustees. The event took place at 1 Horse Guards Road and was organised by Thomas Leftwich, Head of Sector Sustainability projects. We helped line up charities that would benefit from the skills and expertise and the event was well represented by Mentor UK, Population Matters, Probono Consulting, Interclimate Connected Network, Education Media Centre and Getting on Board. Reach showcased its services and opportunities, especially its new digital presence which kick-started focussed discussions on trusteeship, opportunities, our services and resulted in a few on-the-spot registrations.
The charities that participated met with very interesting and potentially useful connections and took advantage of the opportunity to recruit new trustees and skilled volunteers from the highly skilled workforce of the Cabinet Office.
Our participation in the Guardian’s Q&A event in 2014 led to an invitation from Community Impact Bucks to participate in their 2016 Trustee Forum on the 18th January. It was called ‘Future-Proofing’ and attracts over 100 trustees and management committee members every year.
The event is essentially a half day conference with a series of workshops, trustee networking opportunities, street displays targeting volunteers from the business sector. Katharine Woods, Chair, Community Impact Bucks kick-started the conference with an introduction and a warm welcome followed by a keynote presentation by Clore Social Fellow, Emily Geoghiou on ‘Strategic planning for trustees’. The workshops began after a quick round of introductions from the facilitators. Here’s a quick recap on the workshops that were delivered by the facilitators:
We delivered a 90 minute interactive workshop and shared best-practice recruitment tips and engaged the delegates with interactive case studies focussing on emerging issues concerning board-level recruitment. The delegates present were primarily trustees and were looking to recruit new board members as well as to share their insights and solutions to recruiting trustees, all of which made our problem-solving activities a unique and useful experience.
As Trustee recruiters, we too had an insight into recruitment practices and strategies from a charity’s perspective and it helped us to further appreciate each others’ efforts in board level recruitment as well as to highlight some of the unique issues faced by trustees today.
Overall it was a month of inspiration from some of the UK’s leading governance experts, trustee boards and from people looking to become trustees.