Trustees play an important role in the running of charities throughout the country and here at Thorngate we using Trustee’s Week (November 12-16) as the perfect backdrop to appeal for new recruits.
Chairman of the trustees is Doreen Dodd who took over the role earlier this year. She said that being involved was tremendously rewarding. “It’s a real honour to chair the board of trustees. We have a great team here and being able to make a difference is important.”
Doreen’s background is as an army veteran, in business finance and a foster carer for 20 year, experience she said has really helped her as a trustee at Thorngate.
“Having a good mix of trustees both now and in the future well enable Thorngate to continue to thrive and provide the social care which is so vital in Gosport.”
Chief executive Anne Taylor says the trustees have a tremendously wide breadth of experience in business and the local community and play a crucial role in working with the management team.
“They set and confirm the future strategic direction of the trust and ensure that we continue to move forward in a vibrant way in keeping both with our charitable mission and the ever-changing regulatory regime,” said Anne.
But she said the time is now right to fill the vacancy following the retirement of former chairman Don Lucas.
“Trustees offer us their skills, knowledge and experience to help in the development and the governance here in Gosport and the trustees are keen to encourage more local people to join their ranks,” said Anne.
Thorngate is keen to hear from potential trustees with experience in areas including health and social care, property, maintenance and surveying.
“These are all set to be key areas for us as we move forward,” said Anne. “Health and social care are at the heart of the services we offer so it is important to have expertise this sector and property is an important part of our operations and of course.”
Anyone interested in applying to become a trustee can contact Anne Taylor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.