Bucks Mind: Trustee Recruitment

Buckinghamshire Mind is an independent charity working to support and represent people with mental health needs in the local community. It’s run by local people for local people but is affiliated to National Mind.

Buckinghamshire Mind provides high quality community based mental health services to find positive ways for making people feel valued and live well. This local charity supports its service users to live safe, purposeful and fulfilled lives in their communities so they can be open about who they are, without worrying about discrimination, knowing they will be accepted.

Kaya Mallinder, Fundraising and Communications Officer reports on behalf of Andrea McCubbin, Buckinghamshire Mind’s CEO, that the charity had found other trustees though Reach and described the process as, “very effective”.

Rosalind Parke, a Cambridge graduate, now is a senior executive very well used to working at board level on strategic and business development projects. She has significant experience in the delivery of large scale, business critical change programmes. Importantly, Ros has considerable empathy for the aims of the charity – who in turn are delighted with the expertise she brings

Ros adds, “Buckinghamshire Mind is experiencing a period of rapid business development and drawn up a 3 year strategic plan. I felt my corporate background and commercial focus could support the senior management team. I was keen to help in reviewing operational concerns and in delivering their plan.”

Kaya agrees, “The Trustees we recruited through Reach have excellent skills and expertise, which complemented those of existing Board members.”

She says she would recommend Reach to others. She would advise other charities to be very, “clear about the role and its responsibilities and communicate these needs accurately when advertising.”

Ros says she found the recruitment process, “Very simple! I applied online via Reach and was shortly invited for interview via email by Bucks Mind. It was a positive and professional experience where the role was clearly outlined along with the challenges the Charity anticipated. I was appointed at my second meeting and have been an active Trustee for approximately a year.”

“Most charities would value an exploratory discussion about how you could help and any assistance is truly valued. Equally, I gain a different perspective on life, have met some amazing and dedicated people and have found working as a Trustee very rewarding.”

Case study courtesy of Reach Volunteering.

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