This week marks ‘Trustees Week’ (2nd – 6th November 2020) so it’s a fitting time to pay tribute to our own trustees and acknowledge the vital role they play in the success of Kangaroos. In our latest blog we take a look at what trustees do and why they are so important.
What does a Trustee do?
Trustees are a hugely valuable asset and contribute considerably to the strategic plans and work that charities do. They volunteer their time and work together with the CEO and other paid staff to make important decisions about the charity’s work.
So what exactly does the role of a trustee entail? Well, trusteeship involves:
- Acting in the charities best interests
- Managing the charity’s resources responsibly
- Complying with the charity’s governing document and the law
- Ensuring the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
Trustees are the final decision makers and will meet regularly with the CEO and sometimes senior management. The number of trustees in each charity varies, but it’s good practise for a charity to have at least three, usually consisting of a chair, a secretary and a treasurer. The trustees’ main job is to set direction and have oversight of what’s going on. Boards of trustees offer executive strategy, scrutiny, and support.
Trustee boards will typically meet four to six times a year to look over the most important issues facing the charity.
What is Trustees’ week?
Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. There are currently around 196,000 charities in the UK, supported by a staggering 1 million volunteer trustees. As well as showcasing the valuable work of trustees, Trustees’ Week also helps support boards to improve governance and generally encourage people to consider trusteeship or other volunteering roles.
The Board of Trustees at Kangaroos
Kangaroos is extremely lucky to have a cohort of exceptionally talented and committed volunteer trustees, including Chairperson – Bob White, Treasurer – Ian Buchanan, Company Secretary – Jane Lacey, and additional trustees, Miriam Owen, Ginny Marshall and Richard Ball. All either have a child or young adult attending Kangaroos and/or have experience of working in the special needs education sector.
Kangaroos’ CEO, Peter Ackland, who joined Kangaroos in June 2018 has worked in the charity sector for over 35 years. Having worked with the current board now for more than 2 years, he says “I have worked with many Trustees over the years and know how much value the right Trustee can make to an organisation. We are really fortunate at Kangaroos to have such a hardworking, committed and knowledgeable Trustee team; they play a vital role and contribute greatly to making sure the services we provide to our members are the best we can possibly make them.”
What it means to be a trustee at Kangaroos
Bob White has been a trustee at Kangaroos for the past 5 years, including the last two years as Chairperson. On his role as a trustee, Bob says, “It is a real privilege to be a trustee of our special charity. I know that everyone associated with Kangaroos is totally committed to ensuring we bring the highest quality learning and social opportunities to our members. Within our responsibilities as trustees, we will continue to be the custodians of Kangaroos working in the very best interests of the members we serve.”
Why we should celebrate our trustees
All of our trustees at Kangaroos have hands-on experience of what life is like for children and young adults with learning disabilities, and they are invested in doing the very best for our young people. They regularly give up their time to ensure Kangaroos offers the very best support by way of clubs, activities and outings to young people in Mid Sussex with learning disabilities, including those with additional complex needs.
Bringing a wide range of expertise to the table, our trustees offer a steady steer, strategic guidance and operational scrutiny to ensure the charity continues to meet the charities vision – that people with learning disabilities can exercise their right to leisure, play and recreational activity in a safe and supported environment where all members are treated as individuals.
Without our trustees we wouldn’t be here! So our heartfelt thanks go to each of them for helping to make Kangaroos a success. Thank you trustees – you do an awesome job and we want you to hear that we appreciate you all!
You can find out more about our trustees on our About us pages here.