Our 13 strong Board of Trustees has a wide range of skills and experience to steer the direction of the organisation. The TDC is fortunate to have such committed Trustees who, for example, are always involved in the time-consuming task of staff recruitment. We recognise the importance of the balance of professional skills and experience alongside local neighbourhood knowledge amongst the Trustees and will ensure that this continues.
Trustees, recruitment and appointment
A third of the Board of Trustees retires each year by rotation and the retirees are eligible to stand for re-election. Throughout the year staff encourage people within the neighbourhoods to take up membership of the Trust, and, as the AGM approaches, to put themselves forward for election to the Board of Trustees. This approach has had quite a lot of success. Invitations to the AGM are sent to all members and to a wide range of people within the statutory and voluntary sectors. The covering letters encourage non-members to become members, and non-Trustees to consider standing for election to the Board. We will continue to ensure that the main event for members each year, the Annual General Meeting, is interesting and inclusive so that our members have a meaningful dialogue with the Trust.
A Trust member said:
I came to The Trust for Developing Communities AGM and was very impressed with both the standard of displays, that gave a real sense of the extensive work taking place in the neighbourhoods served by the TDC, and the general enthusiasm and liveliness of The Trust’s staff and local representatives. The meeting itself was interesting……………and knowing the small beginnings the TDC came from, I was pleased that the organisation had developed so well in a few short years………more power to you all
All new trustees are provided with background information about the Trust and the responsibilities of being a charity trustee and they are required to sign a form indicating that they have understood this information and are legally entitled to act as a charity trustee.
New trustees are offered a ‘mentor’ or ‘buddy’ from within the current trustees, to support them through their initial stages of trustee-ship, if they so wish.
In order to maintain an effective Board with a balance of skills and experience we undertake a regular Trustees skills evaluation. This focuses on four areas; knowledge of the Trust itself, knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector, management and organisational skills as well as committee skills. We actively seek to address any weaknesses the evaluation may identify through recruiting additional Trustees with specialist skills, training and time spent with Trust staff and projects.