The Role of Associate Trustee
On Monday the 11th of July Deaf Direct Worcester’s trustees met for a board meeting. One highlight of the meeting was the approval of “The Role of Associate Trustee”.
The current board of directors is a diverse group who support Deaf Direct using their expertise from the different areas they work in. Some have social work backgrounds, others work in accounting; among others, we have a senior lecturer, a local politician, a consultant psychiatrist, and manager of performance improvement and cost reduction. We also have others who are Deaf, have worked as professionals in the Deaf community, have Deaf family members or have learned some BSL.
In April of this year, two of our long-standing trustees; Chris Bucknell and Lin Jonsberg stepped down from their positions. Both trustees expressed a desire to stay in touch with Deaf Direct and support where they can, but they were unable to commit to the full responsibilities of Trusteeship.
As a result the role of associate trustee was created offering committed people a chance to offer their knowledge and expertise to deaf direct without having to commit to being a full member of the board. We envisage this select group of previous Deaf Direct Trustees /or other individuals will be able to be Ambassadors of Deaf Direct in the community but also directly contributing to the work of the organisation in a number of ways; providing counsel to Deaf Direct Trustees, lending support to its fundraising efforts, guiding the Deaf Direct strategy.
This role is not exclusive to past trustees, so if you are interested in supporting the board in this way, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also still looking to recruit a new trustee with legal expertise, particularly within the third sector. If you know anyone who may fit this role, please get in contact.