I was looking for a volunteer role within a time commitment I could manage. Joining local youth charity Inner Flame as a trustee suits me – it only takes one evening per month.
Although I’ve only just started my career at Nationwide, I have found I already have business skills to contribute. I’ve encouraged better finance systems and come up with better ideas.
Being involved at the top of a business, which as a charity trustee you are, has broadened my business understanding. I’m learning things I wouldn’t normally learn about. I’ve developed skills I’m bringing back into my job, particularly strategic thinking and the ability to challenge. I feel able to demonstrate to my employer that I can take responsibility and make decisions. My confidence has really increased.
What’s more, being a trustee has proved to be a great networking opportunity. I was new to Swindon and now I’ve met so many new people outside my own circle.
Emily Jones, Mortgage Analyst, Nationwide
If I didn’t have a trustee board holding in me in check it would be a nightmare! We would be spending time and resources as a charity that we shouldn’t spend. We really need an independent board of trustees to act as a check and balance.
Trustees from local businesses bring the business approach we need as a charity to be sustainable. They tend to bring greater rigour in their approach to risk management and control. We need their professionalism.
We all have a need to contribute to something else, to make a difference and be significant beyond our self and to grow. Find something you are passionate.
David Wreathall, Co-founder, Inner Flame