Thursday, 10 November 2011

Event round up - Richmond CVS trustee recruitment event

26 organisations took stalls at the 2nd Richmond CVS trustee recruitment event held on Thursday 3rd November at York House in Twickenham. On a rainy night, the prospective trustees that braved the weather were keen and had plenty to offer – a retired international human rights lawyer and several City business people amongst them.

The ‘Introduction to Trusteeship’ presentation with Q&A by one of RCVS’ own trustees was well attended, with around half of those considering trusteeship coming to one of the three sessions on offer. In addition, three potential trustees won a free place on the next ‘What is Governance?’ course on 24th November (a few places still available – click here for info) so they will be well informed when they take up their trustee roles.

Of the organisations, over 80% said they thought they had at least a 50% chance of recruiting one or more new trustees as a result, with several organisations reporting 3 or more strong contacts that they intended to pursue. Feedback indicates that it was also a good opportunity for networking - the Chamber of Commerce had a stall, seeking to strengthen its links with local voluntary sector organisations.

Sohayla Esfahani from Otakar Kraus Music Trust, who was at the event said:

“There was a good atmosphere at the event and the people who attended were genuinely interested in getting involved. We were looking for Trustees with an interest in helping children and adults with disabilities and who can help us make connections with the wider community and business. Following the event, we now have at least one strong candidate who we hope will join us soon and the door is open to others who would like to get involved. We really appreciate all the support that RCVS gave us before and during the event to make this happen.”

Most organisations said they would attend another similar event in the future, so Richmond CVS is looking forward to planning an event in 2012!

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