Author: Hugh O’Keeffe, MHF’s Chair of Trustee’s
I joined as a Trustee of MHF in April 2021 bringing with me lots of charity sector experience and knowledge, plus extensive experience in risk management, operations and digital. Recently I was appointed Chair of Trustees for the charity – a role I am incredibly proud to hold.
In my day job, I am a Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei).
I have a huge passion for the empowerment of all people, and the work of the charity is very close to my heart given that both I and my eldest brother have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD).
Being a charity Trustee in the United Kingdom is a significant responsibility that requires a lot of dedication and hard work. Trustees are the people who are responsible for the overall management and direction of a charity. They play a crucial role in ensuring that the charity is run effectively and achieves its objectives.
What’s involved in being a charity Trustee…
Firstly, it is important to understand what a charity Trustee is. A Trustee is a person who is appointed to oversee the running of a charity. They are responsible for making sure that the charity is working towards its objectives, vision, mission, and that it is being run legally, ethically and responsibly.
Beneficial to have relevant skills and knowledge…
To become a charity Trustee, you need to be over the age of 18 and have no criminal convictions. You do not need any specific qualifications or experience, but it is beneficial to have relevant skills and knowledge in areas such as finance, law, marketing or fundraising, and experience within the charity sector is helpful.
Once appointed as a Trustee, you will have a range of responsibilities. These include (not an exhaustive list but it gives anyone interested a good idea of what is involved):
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Trustee for the Muscle Help Foundation charity, click HERE to get in touch and let’s have a conversation.