Recently I have moved in the other direction, taking up a role on the trustee board once more as I now work at another charity, Movember. This seemed like a natural way to continue to contribute to something I care in a useful, meaningful way. It is very different now, as the charity has grown to eight branches and has opened a sister social enterprise.
Trusteeship has been a really important part of my journey with the organisation, and I am lucky to have the opportunity to draw on my previous practical experience of the start-up and growth phases in this role.
Being a trustee teaches the importance of long-term and strategic thinking. As I am still in the early years of my career this is experience I might not be able to gain at the same level through my job. I enjoy the challenge of being legally responsible for an organisation which is reaching for high impact, whilst also learning from the wisdom and experience of both my fellow trustees and the incredible staff team.