Trustees at the AGM

Trustees’ Week 2015 – a celebration of our trustees

November 2, 2015 | Nick Taylor

Trustees’ Week 2015 is being held 2nd-8th November to showcase the work of trustees (picture shows our trustees with team members, patrons and volunteers listening to Nick Taylor, Chief Executive presenting our annual report at the Annual General Meeting 2015) and the contribution they make to the charity sector.

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work.

Trustees’ Week is officially launched at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) Trustee Conference on 2 November 2015.

The people who volunteer for these roles in charities may be called trustees, directors, board members, governors or committee members, but they are the people with ultimate responsibility for directing the business of the charity. They are often the unsung heroes, playing a vital role, volunteering their time, working together to make the decisions that really matter about the charity’s finances, activities and plans for the future.

People often become trustees to ‘give something back’, but there is a two-way benefit; charities benefit from the range of skills and experience that their trustees bring, but trustees can learn and develop new skills that may open up new opportunities for them, as well as meeting people who share their passion.

At the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, we have a comprehensive approach to charity governance led by our board of trustees. We have nine trustees and as part of our ongoing development at the next board meeting in November we will be appointing four new trustees who bring new skills and energy, helping us deliver our charitable aims. The board at the Foundation for Peace meets six times a year, it also appoints subcommittees such as a Programme Board overseeing our work ‘for peace’ and a subsidiary board to direct the work of the Peace Centre. Trustees also serve on special advisory groups and sit on project boards. All of this so you can be assured that we are a charity operating at its best, protecting the money donated by our kind supporters and commissioners and ensuring we really make a difference.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive, said: “many people do not realise the level of tasks a trustee has to undertake and how responsible a position it is.

“Trustees are governed by charity law and company law as well. They hold very responsible positions and have to do a lot of work, and all of this is voluntary, without any pay.

“We are very grateful to all our trustees as they do so much to support the great work we carry out at the Foundation for Peace.”

Although the Foundation is not looking for new trustees at present, we are always looking for volunteers and if you are interested please e-mail nick.taylor@foundation4peace.org