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Become a trustee

Become a trustee | 1 way to aid Zetetick’s ambitious growth

Could you become a trustee of a successful supported living charity?

Some of the most important volunteers in any charity are on the board. The role of the trustee is an essential one, and everyone is a volunteer.
Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. They may be known by other titles, such as:
  • Directors
  • Board members
  • Governors
  • Committee members
Whatever they are called, trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. Depending on what the charity does, you will be making a difference to your local community or to society as a whole.

Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board, and above all make a difference to the charity’s beneficiaries.

Become a trustee

The 6 main duties of a trustee

1. Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit

2. Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law

3. Act in your charity’s best interests

You must do what you and your co-trustees (and no one else) decide will best enable the charity to carry out its purposes

4. Manage your charity’s resources responsibly

You must act responsibly, reasonably and honestly. This is sometimes called the duty of prudence. Prudence is about exercising sound judgement.

5. Act with reasonable care and skill

6. Ensure your charity is accountable

You and your co-trustees must comply with statutory accounting and reporting requirements. You should also be able to demonstrate that your charity is complying with the law, is well run and effective.

Our Trustees at Zetetick come from many different walks of life and have different skills that they bring to the boardroom.

Become a trustee

Meet Ray Wilkinson

Ray is the Chief Executive of East Anglia RFCA, supporting all Reserve Forces & Cadets throughout the six counties of the region on behalf of the MOD by managing their estate, providing professional support staff to the cadets, and maintaining links with the civilian community.

He has served in numerous third sector voluntary appointments, mostly with organisations in Greater London, including Working with Words, a social enterprise based in Woolwich, the Sir William Boreman Trust, a grant making trust in Lewisham and Greenwich, and MCCH Society, a social care provider with services based in and around London and the South East.

Prior to working for the MOD, Ray spent most of his career in the field of operations management and business performance improvement.

His former posts have included Executive Chairman of the Best Practice Club™ working in the field of corporate benchmarking and Chief Executive of Victim Support WorkForce, the commercial consultancy arm of the charity supporting victims of crime, assisting employers to ameliorate the impact of workplace related violence.

We salute you Ray!

A former Territorial Army and Army Reserve Officer he is now privileged to be the Honorary Colonel of 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment, which has sub units throughout Greater London including one in the Borough of Croydon.
Ray is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and had the singular honour of being appointed the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Croydon in May 2019. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of The Drapers Company.
He was appointed a Trustee of Zetetick Housing in October 2017 and is particularly pleased to have been able to contribute his business expertise and charitable experience with vulnerable people in an area in which he lived and worked for many years.
Ray is about to move on from his role as trustee at Zetetick and
we thank him for all the time and expertise he has volunteered for the charity.

Could you make a difference?

If you have a background in commerce or housing, or other experience or skills that you think would help Zetetick at this exciting time as we move forward with our strategic plan to expand and provide more quality homes for autistic people and people with disabilities and learning disabilities, then you may be interested in joining us a a trustee.
Get in touch here!
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