The charity has faced tough times financially over recent years but Robbie says he enjoys the challenge of his role:
“That said, I would absolutely recommend trusteeship to others. It is really rewarding and an opportunity to leave an imprint, a contribution to something worthwhile. As a young person early in my career I have also benefitted from being a trustee by working in a new environment, which has given me useful, transferable skills. Trusteeship can be really valuable for people who want to move industries or change career direction. My particular role with the youth theatre has helped me move into working in the arts.
“I would say that to be a trustee you need to have the time and energy to give. It is particularly important that people only consider trusteeship if they have a length of time to give, I think it can take a couple of years of commitment to make a real impact on an organisation. And of course it's vital to be interested in the work the organisation does.
“I think Trustees’ Week is a great idea, and a really valuable campaign to get word out about trusteeship. The breadth of skills and experience that can make all the difference to charities isn’t readily available to them and this is a great way to widen the skills sets in charities across the country.”