Survivors Manchester is extremely fortunate to have an incredibly dedicated bunch of directors, coming from various walks of life and employment sectors, whom give us their time, energy and skills free of charge, collectively forming the board of trustees. Our current board of trustees are as follows (click on a name to read the individuals biography)
- Craig Harris – Chair
- Evan Chiswell – Deputy Chair
- Fran Healey – Treasurer
- Alex Feis-Bryce
- Kate Hellin
- Lee Wakeham
What trustees do:
Trustees are charged with the task of ensuring the overall direction and performance of Survivors Manchester is coherent to the organisations legal documents and business plan.
Although the main role of the trustees is to be responsible for monitoring and controlling the activities of the agency, because we are a small charitable organisation, unlike many of the larger organisations, from time to time Survivors Manchester trustees become involved in some of the day to day business.
It can be a challenging role, for instance, trustees are legally and financially responsible for the organisations overall management and finances.
Who can be a trustee?
There are very few opportunities for under 18s to become trustees in the UK and there are also other restrictions that disqualify others, by law, from acting as charity trustees. This includes:
- anyone who has been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is spent anyone who is an undischarged bankrupt;
- anyone who has previously been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the court or the Charity Commissioners;
- anyone who is under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.
What are the qualities needed to be a trustee?
Depending on the organisation, depends on the qualities of a trustee, but there is a general consensus, stated by The Charities Commission that:
Trustees need to be able – and willing – to give time to the efficient administration of the charity and the fulfilment of its trusts. We recommend they be selected on the basis of their relevant experience and skills and must be prepared to take an active part in the running of the charity.
Can service users, clients or members be trustees?
Different organisations have different rules, but here at Survivors Manchester we say…Yes!
Members can offer incredibly valuable perspective as trustees.
However, users interested in being trustees should be aware of any conflicts of interest that might occur. These might form the basis of their application for trusteeship being rejected.
Although ‘seats’ on the board only become available occasionally, if you are interested in becoming a trustee of Survivors Manchester, please contact the Chief Executive Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org, expressing your interest and what you think you can bring to the organisation