Finding new trustees

Event highlights from our event in National Trustees Week, 6th November, 4 to 6 pm at Irwin Mitchell's

The event was very kindly hosted by Adrian Budgen, partner at Irwin Mitchells, and trustee for several Sheffield charities.

Jane Stammers then told us how she feels volunteering as a trustee of Tideswell School of Food has been a great complement to her role as ‘Chief Cook and Bottle Washer’ of her fine cakes business Tipple Tails – founded just over 12 months ago and now in discussions about exporting to New York. Its perhaps a bit of an exaggeration to claim that this sort of benefit is on offer to all entrepreneurs who give up some of their time to volunteer as trustees – but it’s certainly a testament to Jane’s talents and illustrates that finding time to volunteer as a trustee needn’t be a barrier to business growth.

Nicola Hartley and Phil Barnfather, ‘Head of Talent’ for Morrison’s (we had some great job titles!) helped us think through the benefits that might be on offer to Big Businesses who support their employees to volunteer in the Third Sector – and how we might best ‘sell’ these when approaching potential corporate partners. Phil’s suggestion that key staff who volunteer in roles “where they are stripped of their job title, teams  and budgets” get a great opportunity for accelerated personal development which offers benefits that they can then bring back in to their day job, certainly resonated with the room.

Roscoe Hastings, representative of Young Charity Trustees and fresh from a charity commission and cabinet office reception in London on the importance of trusteeship, welcomed the idea that potential trustees should be given a chance to ‘sit in on a board meeting’ before they make their commitment as a way of ensuring a really good ‘fit’ between charity and trustee.

Clare Mappin of Burton Street told us how an HR company had responded to a Third Sector Cafe tweet about an HR trustee vacancy her board had! Watch this space for news.


Original Event invitation

The Third Sector Cafe is delighted to be holding this event devoted to Trustees in National Trustee Week. Through this event, we are aiming to link Sheffield charities who are looking for trustees, with local people who might like to volunteer as a trustee. 

Research shows that most of us (97%!) don't know we could be a trustee, while more than half of all trustee posts are vacant because of a shortage of volunteers... in National Trustee Week we'd like to make a difference in Sheffield by helping to connect more potential volunteers with local charities looking for trustees.

Who should come?

  • Sheffield charities or not for profit organisations who need new trustees
  • Sheffield based people interested in volunteering as a trustee 

Why should I come? For charities ...

Come along to find a brilliant, new trustee to add value to your board.

Supported by big local employers such as Irwin Mitchell's, this event is a good opportunity to meet employees who might make potential new trustees.

Plus, two leading HR experts from WM Morrisons Plc will be here to answer your questions on how to develop partnerships with big corporates that offer benefits to you - and to them. Many invest in staff development: can a trustee role with you offer an employee a valuable chance to develop their skills?

Sheffield College and Sheffield University  have signposted this event to their up and coming academic staff to consider. And Sheffield University Students Union have circulated the event to students and new graduates still in Sheffield who may be looking for volunteering opportunities.

Pick up some tips on how to recruit trustees from Sheffield's smaller businesses from successful entrepreneur Jane Stammers in her talk outlining the real business benefits trusteeship has offered her as she's grown her own business.

Why should I come? For people interested in being a trustee ...

Come along to find out if there's a charity you'd love to get involved with that needs someone with your skills and commitment on their board.

"Charities exist to create a better society. The range and scope of their work, and the variety of people they help is amazing" The Charity Commission

Sheffield's charities could not do what they do for the city, without their trustees. Being a trustee offers you a chance to help make a positive change for the city while at the same time, develop your own skills and experience.

For some people, being a trustee has not only helped them make a difference for a cause they feel passionately about, but has also helped them develop their careers

A range of charities will be at our event ready to talk to you about what they do, and who they are looking for to join their board. Our round table discussions format will provide you with an informal opportunity to find out more about them - and if you find an opportunity that sounds good to you, we'll be able to provide the contact details you need to follow it up.

What do I need to do?

Please book your ticket on our event brite page - and join us on November 6th from 4 pm to 6 pm (places are limited). If you would like to know more about what being a trustee involves before booking, we can recommend you have a look at the excellent information on the National Trustee Weekblog and the information for trustees on the Charity Commission website. 

Keep in touch with the latest details of this event by joining our Trustees Linked In group or by following us on twitter @thirdsectorcafe.

We look forward to seeing you on November 6th! 

best wishes,

Sophy & Laura
Third Sector Cafe founders 

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