The Role of Trustees at Enable Ability
The role of the Trustee Board is to provide governance and oversight to the charity. It is staffed by non-executive members with relevant skills to help create strategic plans and make relevant decisions regarding the execution of those plans, whilst providing support and guidance to the staff in their everyday roles.
The Trustees all subscribe to the Charity Governance Code.
The board consists of between 6 and 12 (currently 8) Trustees who hold regular meetings to assist the operational management on matters relating to Funding, Financial Management, Property Management and Strategic Planning. Based on time served as trustee, the 'oldest' third of the (then) board sits for re-election at the annual general meeting held in November.
The current list of Trustees is as follows:
|Name||Oversight Role||Brief background|
|Treasurer||Became a Trustee in 2004 after a friend asked if he would raise some funds for the Charity by running the London Marathon. This he did dressed as Sooty, being interviewed twice live on BBC television and raising over £2,000. With a background as Bank Manager and then Senior Financial Advisor for Lloyds, working there for 34 years, he was asked if he would take over as Treasurer - and the rest is history.|
& Social Media
|A retired senior manager at IBM after 30 years experience in IT program management and became a full Trustee in 2018. He is a keen photographer and book publisher and was chairman at his local golf club.|
|Chairman||A trustee since 2011, and Chair of Trustees since November 2013. Was impressed with the dedication and commitment of staff and trustees, and after visiting a Saturday Club and seeing how the youngsters were enjoying themselves, became hooked. With a background in social work, now retired, has found working with Enable Ability a good experience allowing him to apply the skills as practitioner and manager to voluntary work. With grandparenting, golf, attempts at keeping fit, travel and supporting the charity, its a pretty full agenda.|
|Legal||Nicole became a trustee in 2016 having become aware of the work of the charity following the 65th Birthday celebrations of Enable Ability and being impressed by all the team do to help disabled people in Portsmouth and SE Hampshire. She currently works full time in the criminal justice sytem.|
& IT systems
|Retired in 2010 after 32 years in IBM working in services and program management for large financial institutions. Joined the trustee board at the start of 2014. Likes spending time with grandchildren, playing golf and in addition to trustee duties, helping with back-office information technology support at Enable Ability.|
Becoming a Trustee
The trustees are always looking for new members willing to join the board and potential candidates are welcome to join committee meetings prior to confirming willingness to join.